Jobs at the Library

Employment Opportunities

Library Dean Position Open 

Reporting directly to the Provost and serving as a member of the university’s Academic Leadership Team (ALT), the Dean promotes a vibrant and inspiring environment for advancing the goals of Library faculty and staff and responding to the opportunities and challenges of the future. The Dean works closely with Library faculty and staff to provide services and foster a supportive professional workplace and productive community of scholarly achievement. The Library Dean advocates for, represents, and serves as the voice of the Library to the University, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and the community. Reasoned, collaborative, and transparent decision-making is essential to achieving these goals. The Dean manages an annual operating budget of $11.3 million and oversees a team of 50+ staff and faculty, including 4-6 direct reports.

Open Library Faculty, Academic Professional, and Staff Positions

Please search for open positions in the Library using the University’s careers database.

Student Employees at the Library

The Portland State University Library employs students to staff service desks, shelve materials, process new materials, and support library systems and technologies. When available, open position announcements will be posted to Handshake

There are many benefits to working in the Library:

  • Because the library is open approximately 100 hours a week, we often can offer very flexible schedules.
  • Starting pay is minimum wage.
  • You’ll learn how to use the Library, and improve your research skills.
  • Student workers often say that meeting great people is one of the best parts of working at the Library.

How to Apply:

Find openings and apply using Handshake, PSU’s Student Career Portal.

Important Note: 

As of Spring Term 2023, the Library accepts applications through Handshake. For more information about student employment, see our Student Employment Brochure

Email us if you have questions.

Volunteering at the University Library

Portland State University Library works with volunteers to provide valuable support for the Library’s vision and core themes. The Library works with unpaid interns and special project volunteers. Both are considered volunteers.


The Library offers limited unpaid internships for students enrolled in an accredited library science program and/or enrolled in a PSU program related to library science or special collections. Interns work with one or more PSU Librarians and staff to develop shared goals, timelines, and assessments that meet the requirements of the library science program as well as serve the Library. If you are interested in serving as an intern at the Library, please email a short description of the type of project(s) you seek, the name of the program in which you are enrolled, and your availability to

Special Project Volunteers

The Library occasionally works with project volunteers, often former PSU faculty and staff or individuals associated with a collection in Special Collections. By nature, these special project volunteer positions are generally filled by invitation. If you have questions, please email us: