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The NSCAD University Library manages the largest dedicated collection of visual arts, craft and design materials in Atlantic Canada.

Two Positions Available for April 2023: Library Circulation Student Assistant

The NSCAD Library is hiring 2 NSCAD students to work regular shifts on the Circulation Desk beginning April 2023 and continuing with the Library for the 2023-2024 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants planning to be at NSCAD for two or more years.

Job Duties

Job duties include: staffing the library circulation desk; welcoming patrons to the library; showing patrons how to access library resources and referring them to full-time staff as appropriate; entering patron records and loaning, renewing, and returning books and reserve materials using the Library's circulation system; handling cash and debit/credit card transactions; answering the phone and redirecting inquiries to full-time staff as necessary; shelving and tracking use of reference material (books and magazines); tidying of the circulation and reference area; and various other tasks and projects as assigned.


Applicants should be reliable, friendly, self-starting, comfortable working independently and have excellent communication and time management skills. They should be familiar with libraries and their services to patrons and have experience working with the public, data entry, filing or shelving, and handling cash. Experience with medium to large-scale scanning and copying projects would be considered an asset. The ability to climb and descend a flight of stairs is required as there are two levels in the library by staircase access only. Please note that the entrance to the NSCAD Library is only accessible by a set of stairs.


Circulation Desk schedules are set for the length of the semester. The Winter 2023 Circulation Desk schedule for the successful applicant will begin as soon as possible and will end April 21. The schedule for summer hours will be determined by the end of April based on their schedule. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to work over the summer and into the Fall.

The successful applicants will be available to work two x 4hr shifts (8 hours a week) of the following shifts:

  • Monday 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

In addition, student assistants are asked to fill in, back up or switch shifts with other student assistants when necessary; the candidates would preferably have some availability for evening and weekend coverage.

Circulation shifts run in four-hour increments:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 1:00pm | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Student assistants are normally limited to 15 hours per week of work on campus. If your desk shifts add up to less than 15 hours per week, there is the potential for additional hours of other work.

Pay rate

The current base pay rate is $13.60 per hour + 4% vacation pay and then adjusted based on the number of courses completed:

Credits Hours Completed             Base Rate                            Educational Increment

≤ 30 (1st year*)                                 Min Wage

≤ 60 (2nd year*)                                Min Wage                           + $ 0.30 /hr

≤ 90 (3rd year*)                                 Min Wage                           + $ 0.60 /hr

≤ 120 (4th year*)                               Min Wage                           + $ 0.90 /hr

Graduate Student                              Min Wage                           + $ 2.50 /hr

*Rates are determined by the number of courses taken and may not correlate with the year of study

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  1. A brief cover letter/letter of intent
  2. A copy of their resume
  3. A completed copy of the Student Assistant Job Application Form
  4. A completed copy of the Student Assistant Availability Form

Please send applications to Ainsley Cunningham (she/her), Circulation Supervisor,
Applications can also be dropped off in person at the NSCAD Library Circulation Desk.


Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 15th at 5pm.

For More Information

Visit: NSCAD Library Circulation Desk
Email: Ainsley Cunningham
Call: 902-494-8229

Thank you for your interest in this employment opportunity! Unfortunately, only those who are invited for interview will be contacted.