Information Desk Assistant


Ela Area Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
12-18 hours per week, flexible availability required. Schedule includes daytime, evening, and weekend shifts. Schedule subject to change from week to week.

The Ela Area Public Library is seeking a friendly, energetic, and self-motivated applicant with exceptional customer service skills. Our library strives to be a welcoming center for our community and this position is responsible for creating a positive library experience at an extremely busy information desk. Responsibilities include general reference, passport services, reader's advisory, and technology assistance. This is a 12-18 hour per week position with a work schedule that requires daytime, evening, and weekend hours.


  • Provides general reference and reader's advisory service.
  • Greets and assists patrons, provides informational and directional assistance in person and via phone.
  • Processes passport applications as a certified Passport Agent.
  • Assists patrons with program registration and cancellation.
  • Assists patrons with retrieving equipment from the Forge.
  • Takes applications and accepts payments for the meeting room.
  • Assists patrons with the use of the copier/scanner and performs troubleshooting.
  • Takes voter registrations, if eligible.
  • Attends staff meetings, staff training days, and department meetings.
  • Answers questions about using technology including library apps, mobile devices, the internet, and word processing.
  • Fills in for absent coworkers.

2 years of college, one year of work experience with public interaction and customer service experience required. Library experience preferred. Spanish, Polish, or Chinese language skills a plus.

Knowledge and Skills -
Must have the ability to:

  • Deal with multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Interact with patrons courteously, skillfully and accurately.
  • Work effectively with co-workers in a collaborative, team-based organization.
  • Learn use of telephone system and maintain standards of phone service.
  • Comfortably use and explain how to use technology.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Read small print; carry materials up to 50 pounds; bend, reach and life items up to 20 pounds.

If you are interested in joining the Ela Area Public Library and meet the job requirements described above, please email your cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Department at

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Human Resources Department
Apply To: 
Ela Area Public Library
275 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich , IL 60047
Phone: 847-438-3433
42° 11' 40.9236" N, 88° 5' 19.3308" W