DATE ENTERED: September 3, 2021
POSITION: Librarian I (Reference)
LOCATION: Alexandria Library, VA
APPLY BY: Open until filled

Alexandria Library celebrates diversity within our community and staff by:

  • Offering programs and resources that reflect our uniquely multicultural community
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect
  • Providing opportunities for all staff members to grow and excel

Alexandria is an historic city located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Distinct neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End offer something for everyone. Headquarters to several prominent organizations, including the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation, our city of nearly 160,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small town atmosphere.

Librarian I (Reference)
Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) – Beatley Central Library

Under the supervision of the Adult Services Manager, the incumbent is responsible for assisting patrons and providing general support for the Adult Services Department, including programming, collection development and outreach.


  • Answers all types of reference questions using traditional, electronic, and internet sources in an efficient and courteous manner
  • Staffs the information desk to assist library customers in-person and by phone with inquiries regarding library materials and other sources of information
  • Assists patrons with the online catalog, electronic reference services, and with automated internet registration and printing
  • Become a passport processing agent and assist in passport processing
  • Assist with the Talking Books services
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public
  • Furnishes information about library activities, facilities, rules and services
  • Assists with maintaining the collection including weeding
  • Plans, coordinates and leads programs for the public
  • Participates in outreach initiatives in the local community as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of reference sources; some knowledge of books and authors
  • Ability to instruct patrons using various technologies
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of patrons in a calm and courteous manner
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information resources and adult services
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library patrons
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both written and verbal

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience providing adaptive library services
  • Knowledge of e-Readers and e-Book mobile applications
  • Public library experience

Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school. Applicant must possess or obtain, within 3 months of hire, a license to practice as a registered professional librarian issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the library and will include days, evenings, two Saturdays per month, and possibly Sunday assistance as needed.

Salary: $45,837.48 - $50,534.90 (annually)

The selected employee will earn annual and sick leave and is eligible for health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; retirement plans; long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance.

Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

Application Instructions:
Click here to apply attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Ross Farley, Human Resources Manager, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1701, or [email protected].

Open Until Filled

Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified
individuals. Proficiency/fluency in Amharic, Arabic or Spanish is highly desired, but not required for this position. This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.