Employment Opportunities

Chatham Area Public Library District




We are pleased that you are interested in employment with the Chatham Area Public Library District.  Please allow us to preview what you can expect while working for the Library.  Public libraries are the center of knowledge where people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs come together in discovery and awareness.  Helping to make connections and community impact while working in a library can be one of the most interesting and satisfying jobs in the world! Many employees have told us that they did not fully understand what library employees did behind the scenes and were surprised to find that library work is hard work and it can be fast paced and even strenuous at times.

We require a welcoming attitude

We expect all patrons to be treated with equality, dignity, respect, and a friendly attitude, at all times, and under all circumstances.  We also expect employees to be alert and interested in helping patrons, providing information, and helping with selections upon request.

What can I expect when serving the Public at the Chatham Area Public Library?

Library work is more than reading books.  It involves making sure that materials are available and easy for the patrons to find.  It involves dusting, straightening, restocking and moving materials.  Of course, this job may require that you are on your feet, lifting, and bending, as well as regular computer use. 

Description of Positions

Page (ages 16-College):  Involves sorting and shelving library materials and keeping the library organized.  Shelving requires attention to detail and is repetitive.  Pages also assist library circulation assistants.

Computer Lab Assistant (adult and page-level position):  Supervise the computer lab, assist patrons with basic computer problems/questions and accept/record printing fees.  Other duties include assisting with projects from other departments.

Library Circulation Assistant:  Work directly with library patrons and complete a variety of duties involving library cards and accounts, borrowing and returning library material(s), shelving, and other projects as assigned.

Specialists:  Areas such as Reference Librarian, Children’s Coordinator, Technical Services Supervisor, Circulation Supervisor, Information Technology Supervisor, Bookkeeper, Custodian, and more.

We welcome applications at any time. Click here for job application



The Cafe/Bookstore Coordinator reports to the Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library's Board chair and is responsible for the operation of the bookstore/café including acquiring and scheduling volunteers, the sales, supplies and sorting and selecting donated books. This position is a 20 hour per week, PART-TIME position that has a flexible schedule that includes days, evenings and Saturdays.  A high school degree is required, a Bachelors Degree is preferred. A food handler’s license must be acquired within the first 90 days. Experience and enjoyment in working with volunteers is desirable. Computer skills, including the ability to use Microsoft Office products and managing financials are preferred. Check out the position description for further information.  Please fill out an application that is available online (link is on this page),at the circulation desk and the Cafe/Bookstore in the Library.  Please send completed applications to 600 E Spruce, Chatham IL 62629 or to jobs [at] chathamlib.org by 4 PM on July 14th, 2018.