Reader Services Librarian


The Morgan Library & Museum welcomes applications for a full-time Reader Services Librarian. This position enables access to the Morgan’s special and reference collections to foster learning and the exchange of ideas while maintaining the security and safety of the collections. The Reader Services Librarian is responsible for responding to library users’ needs during the day-to-day activities of the Sherman Fairchild Reading Room and facilitating in-depth consultation of the collections in person and remotely for researchers around the globe. This position reports to the Head of Reader Services and works closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Library and Museum.

  • Evaluates readers’ requests to consult the collections, acting as a liaison between readers and curatorial staff; coordinates appointments and processes applications
  • Performs reference desk duties as required and monitors researchers on-site on proper handling of rare collections and reference materials
  • Retrieves and reshelves rare and reference materials from the vault and reference collection closed stacks; identifies materials for conservation treatment and routes as appropriate
  • Conducts in-depth research to provide detailed responses via e-mail and telephone to a range of reference inquiries
  • Instructs readers and staff with the use of the online catalog, finding aids, microfilm scanners, and other equipment; answers questions regarding requests for digital images and orders for photocopies; participate in shifting and other stacks maintenance tasks
  • Maintains statistical data related to the use of the collections and creates graphs, charts, and/or other visualizations of that data
  • Other duties as assigned by the department head
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival or information studies or equivalent experience required; a strong background in the humanities (art history, history, or literature) with a focus on rare books and manuscripts preferred
  • 3–5 years of previous work experience in a special collections library reading room or other relevant experience desired
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to sustain close attention to detail; strong oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with diverse library users and staff
  • Must possess excellent security awareness and judgment
  • Knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata schemas, and LCSH subject headings
  • Knowledge of national archival standards (i.e.: DACS, EAD, MPLP) desired
  • Knowledge of Integrated Library Systems (i.e.: Voyager)
  • Experience working with The Museum System (TMS), desired
  • Familiarity with a major Western foreign language desired (i.e.: French, German, Italian, or Spanish); other languages, a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Drive)
  • Ability to handle and move heavy books and boxes and wheel carts of books and other collection objects around campus (25–30 lbs.), extensive walking, standing, kneeling, stooping, climbing up stairs and narrow spaces; ability to work for extended periods on a computer, and tolerate moderate levels of dust and odor generated during normal collection management activities, movement of objects, and cleaning

$56,000–$64,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits plan.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at

The Morgan Library & Museum receives many applications and inquiries for employment. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of them. Due to the high volume of applicants, we can contact only those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs

Important to note:

Vaccination Requirement
To ensure the overall health and safety of the Morgan Library & Museum campus, all staff of the Morgan are required to be fully vaccinated and have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.

EEO Statement
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.