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The Cranston Public Library is seeking an extraordinary candidate for the position of part-time Reference Librarian. The Cranston Public Library is innovating and evolving library services to fulfill the needs of our changing and diverse community. CPL values a commitment to public service and believes in the professional development of our library staff. Come join our team!

The Cranston Public Library (CPL) system consists of a central library with five branch locations. CPL serves a population of 80,000 residents and is one of the busiest public libraries in Rhode Island. CPL is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium. For more information on our library please visit: www.cranstonlibrary.org.

The Cranston Public Library is committed to creating and maintaining a staff that gives open expression to the Library’s organizational values and brings a rich diversity of peoples and talents to the accomplishment of the Library’s Mission.

The Cranston Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. The Library is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or other protected class status.


$21.00 per hour; 20 hours a week, some evenings and weekends required.


Under the supervision of the Branch Librarian, this position provides reference, circulation, technology help, and readers' advisory services to the public at the William Hall Library including the delivery of information through a variety of digital formats. This is a 20 hour per week part time with no benefits. Some evenings and weekends required.


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association
  • One year of experience preferred
  • Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner


  • Provides exemplary customer service.
  • Provides Reference and Readers’ Advisory Services for the public, including the delivery of information through a variety of electronic formats.
  • Instructs library users in the use of the online catalog, basic reference tools, and other library equipment and services.
  • Operates, troubleshoots and provides instruction on public computers and all library-owned technology.
  • Assists with circulation functions including checking out materials, placing holds, and issuing library cards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to outstanding public service.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and tools of library science in general and public library reference service, in particular.
  • Knowledge of basic computer troubleshooting including hardware and printers.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of office applications.
  • Knowledge of eReaders and eBooks platforms.
  • Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of current technological applications for information access. Ability to utilize web-based and subscription databases.
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials.
  • Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights.
  • Experience with integrated library systems, preferably Sierra ILS.

This job description is intended to be a general guide to the duties and responsibilities of the job and is not intended to list every possible task that the staff member may be called upon to perform.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Ally Quintanilla allyquintanilla@cranstonlibrary.org  Position open until filled.  


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