Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents alike. If you are looking for a culture that embraces innovation, empowerment, and collaborative involvement, Somerville not only embraces these talents, but encourages them. Creative, hands on collaboration with passionate dedication are at the core of the City’s workplace culture.  Challenging and fast paced, Somerville also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work life balance. Not only is it a “Model City”, as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.


Reports to the Head of the Reference Department. Works directly with the public. Assists patrons in using library resources of all kinds.  Explains the use of reference resources to help patrons to locate information and materials.  Aids in the selection of resources for the reference and general collections. Works on indexing files, readers’ lists, displays, interlibrary loans, patron requests, and grants.  Performs public service tasks in other Departments as assigned, including Circulation. Performs other duties as assigned. 


MLS from ALA accredited Library School and two years of professional experience in Reference work.

Ability to deal with the public effectively and pleasantly.

Experience with Automated Library Systems and Internet preferable.

Work Environment:                                                                                                   

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices or libraries, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential function.

Physical Skills:

Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work.  Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.).

Motor Skills:

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.

Visual Skills:

Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

35 Hours per week including nights and Saturdays
$45,796.92 per year plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018