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Open Positions:

The Elmwood Park Public Library is a great place to work, and staff take pleasure and pride in serving the public, as well as working with each other.  If you are interested in working at the Library, take a look at our Cultural Values statement, which reflects the sort of work environment we believe in and strive to have.

If applying for a position, please fill out and turn in an application along with any other required items.  Or if we have no positions available at this time, you are welcome to fill out and turn an application for us to keep on file.

If you would like to work in a library setting and there is not an open position at Elmwood Park Public Library that interests you, check out the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. The RAILS job board posts positions throughout Illinois and neighboring states. Good luck in your search.

If you are a student looking to get library experience either for class credit or to improve your resume, please inquire about our Internship & Practicum Opportunities.



Circulation Assistant (12 hours) - 2 Positions

FT/PT: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Hours: 12 hours a week.

Schedule:  Must be available to work 1-2 evening shifts per week (3-9 PM) and at least 2 Sunday shifts per month (1-5 PM).

Salary: $13.50/hour, or up to $14.50/hour with ability to speak Polish, Ukrainian, or Spanish.

Job Details:

The Elmwood Park Public Library is seeking a customer service-focused person for our Circulation Assistant position. This individual will assist patrons in creating and maintaining their library account, check materials in and out as they are used, place and receive item holds, and act as the first and last point of contact for individuals entering and exiting the library.

EPPL recently became a Fine Free library and also has many opportunities to share your creativity – the Circulation and Technical Services Department maintains the lobby’s display case, Beyond Books collection, and develops special events for Library Card Sign Up Month and other occasions for patrons and colleagues alike.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Experience working in a customer service position preferred.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish, Ukrainian, or Polish) preferred.

Who we are looking for:

  • Someone who is friendly, enthusiastic, detail oriented, and thrives in a collaborative environment.
  • An individual that enjoys working with the public and connecting people with the resources they need.
  • A person who is adaptable to the ebbs and flows that come with a service desk and has the ability to switch between tasks as needed without losing accuracy.
  • An individual who can function independently and take initiative.

What we offer:

  • A supportive, fun, and collaborative work environment.
  • Prorated sick time, personal time, and holiday pay.
  • Professional development opportunities and the ability to serve on library-wide committees.
  • We are a convenient location for public transportation with access to the Metra Milwaukee West Line across the street, and PACE Bus #307 and #319 steps away from the library.

How to apply:

If interested in this position, please take a look at the full Job Description, as well as EPPL’s Culture Statement, then send a resume and cover letter to Gaby Salgado (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Head of Circulation and Technical Services. No phone calls, please.

Applications accepted until the position is filled. First consideration given to applications received by 9/9/22. The Elmwood Park Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.



Kids & Teens Associate (16 hours)

FT/PT: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Hours: 16 hours a week with an additional Saturday shift 1-2 times a month. Must be available to work 1-2 evening shifts per week (3-9 PM).

Salary: $16.50-18.00/hour depending on qualifications including Polish, Ukrainian, or Spanish language skills.

Job Details:

The Elmwood Park Public Library is seeking a community-focused person for our Kids & Teens Associate position. Along with providing excellent customer service to babies through high schoolers (and their grown-ups), this position will create book displays, bulletin boards, and assist Kids & Teens staff with library programs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience working with youth required.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish, Ukrainian, or Polish) preferred.

Who We are Looking For:

  • The ideal candidate for this job is enthusiastic, creative, and independent.
  • Must enjoy working with youth and be knowledgeable about the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of kids and teens.
  • Someone who is community-focused, advocates for youth, and applies best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion to their work.

What We Offer:

  • A supportive, fun, and collaborative work environment.
  • Prorated vacation and sick time, personal time, and holiday pay.
  • Professional development opportunities and the ability to serve on library-wide committees.
  • We are a convenient location for public transportation with access to the Metra Milwaukee West Line across the street, and PACE Bus #307 and #319 steps away from the library.

How to apply:

If interested in this position, please take a look at the full Job Description, as well as EPPL’s Culture Statement, then send a resume and cover letter to Melissa Funfsinn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Head of Kids & Teens. No phone calls, please.

Applications accepted until the position is filled. First consideration given to applications received by 8/12.

The Elmwood Park Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.



Library Director

FT/PT: Full-Time, Exempt

Hours: 37.5 hours a week

Salary: $75,000.00 - $110,000.00 per year

Apply:  To apply, visit to apply online.


Job Description

We are looking to transform the way our library serves the community. We are looking for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit that uses critical thinking and fact-based, data driven concepts to ensure evolving needs are met. This individual will marry service based corporate concepts to library functions to novate the way our library serves the community, while operating within a regulatory and budget framework with an eye on value to the consumer.

Position Overview

This full-time position serves as the administrative officer of the Library and acts as the principal advisor to the Library’s Board of Trustees. The duties contained within are performed on behalf of those residing in Elmwood Park as directed through their elected Board of Trustees. Under direction and in coordination with Library Board of Trustees, the Library Director is responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain a library responsive to the community’s needs for information, education, and recreation - striving to provide services free of unconscious bias. Directly or through others, the Library Director develops library policies, monitors library services, develops and manages the budget, creates public relations materials, and stays informed of developments in library management. The Library Director also develops, administers, supervises, and coordinates the work of the Library staff, performs managerial duties related to personnel, collection and program development, supports building maintenance and operations to provide a safe, balanced, and accommodating environment for its patrons. The Library Director performs these functions in conformity of the policies established by the Board of Trustees and the regulations of the State of Illinois. The Director is required to work closely with the Board of Trustees and ensure that there is a consistent flow of communication and coordination between the Director’s office and the Board.

Qualifications, Education, Experience, and Skills Required/Preferred

  • Experience in managing a $1.5M+ budget and a staff of 25+ full and part-time employees, in a service based industry
  • Relevant degree such as Master's or Bachelor's Degree in Library, Library Science, Education, Oral Communication, Management and Leadership, Information Science, Leadership and Management or similar discipline.
  • Five years of progressively responsible administration experience including at least three years in a supervisor capacity, within the private or public sector
  • Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies, and the general public
  • Ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others with a proven ability to manage efficiently within a budget
  • Forward thinking and looking to shape the position of the library to meet the evolution of community needs with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to develop short and long term strategic plans, and objectives built and measured using fact-based, data driven methods
  • Proficiency with computers, and ability to learn and understand popular library software, internet and digital communication technologies
  • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
  • Maintains or develops knowledge of standard library principles and practices, concepts of freedom of speech, copyrights, collection development, patron confidentiality, censorship, and other library ethical issues


Working with the board:

  • Creates plans, organizes, and regularly evaluating a program of service that supports the mission of the Elmwood Park Public Library and reflects the needs of the Village of Elmwood Park residents
  • Creates and adjusts a library organizational structure to maximize delivery of programs and services, while optimizing the use of entrusted funds
  • Develop short and long range plans to support and promote the mission of the library and address specific needs/issues. Formulate and recommend policies to the Board and implements the procedures to carry out these goals
  • Develop clear descriptions of staff positions including a non-discrimination statement, qualifications for employment, evaluation procedures, and causes for dismissal
  • Selecting and maintaining library materials including books, media, computer media, and library programs that meet the needs of the community validated through measured success metrics and statistical analysis
  • Promotes a spirit of continuous improvement in the establishment of services to meet the evolving needs of the community in order toremain relevant
  • Supervises the purchase, utilization, and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor and enhance library services.
  • Prepares monthly and annual financial and statistical reports to Library Board, Village officials and State Library
  • Prepares the annual budget, presents and defends budget requests before the Village Board

Directly or through others:

  • Develops and administers policies concerning library operations, budgets and programs
  • Provides supervision and delegates responsibilities to the library staff
  • Recruits and recommends employment of library personnel, promotions, transfers, or termination of staff
  • Organizes, trains, assigns, and evaluates personnel and volunteers
  • Regularly schedules 360 reviews with staff and Library Board of Directors
  • Ensures the expenditure of fund allocations within constraints of approved budgets.
  • Oversees applications for grant money
  • Attends monthly Board of Trustee meetings with appropriate support staff
  • Supervises maintenance of library building equipment, and furnishings
  • Evaluates collection for balance and comprehensiveness
  • Cooperates with community groups, school district and village officials to implement library services
  • Keeps informed of current developments in library field by attending workshops, professional meetings, and reading current literature
  • Provides continuous analysis and adjustment of library services to maximize value to community consumers

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Furnishes specific research information and materials to departments upon request.
  • Provides training and development programs for Library and other Village employees.
  • Performs additional duties as directed by the Library Board of Trustee

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid driver's license.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and not intended to be all-inclusive. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision. The employee will occasionally be required to attend off-site meetings.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The employee will be required to operate typical business office equipment, including computer hardware.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities that comprise this position.


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan


  • 5x8
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Elmwood Park, IL 60707: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Application Question(s):

  • Given our services in general operate 12 x 7 with a $1.7M budget of which 75% is expended on staff, what would you say is the proper structure for a staff of 25+ to meet the service needs? (full/part-time, salaried/hourly, educational level, local versus regional resources, etc.)
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  • Budget: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Cost management: 5 years (Preferred)




Elmwood Park Public Library's Cultural Values

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Internship & Practicum Opportunities

Until further notice, the Library is temporarily not accepting applications for internships or practicum students. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


Position Open:  Internship or Practicum
Posted:  November 22, 2016

Position Description:

The Elmwood Park Public Library is looking to provide area students with opportunities to gain work experience, and make personal connections in the field of librarianship, technology, and education.

The Library has an enthusiastic staff that will work with you to create meaningful projects. All five managing departments (Administration, Youth, Adult, Technology, Customer Relations, Materials Management) are headed by librarians, which allows us to not only provide experience with standard topics, such as reference desk work and customer service, but with up-to-date technologies (3D printer, robotics), office management (financial procedures, budgeting, statistics, building management) and materials handling (ordering, processing and data entry).

Recent Internship/Practicum Student Work:

  • Curriculum development for, and conducting of, a STEM program
  • Collection evaluation, recommendation and weeding of a biography collection
  • Creation of financial graphs for the administration office
  • Development of mathematical formula for recalculation of employee benefits
  • Hospitality training
  • Materials handling procedures


Over the past three years, Elmwood Park Public Library has been fortunate to host students from Dominican University, DePaul University, Chicago City Colleges and College of DuPage as interns or practicum students. Providing students with these opportunities are fundamental to the Library’s vision as an active community support center - “Explore. Connect. Create. A place where life, work, and play unite.”


Jason Stuhlmann, Assistant Director
Elmwood Park Public Library
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