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In November 2011, and again in November 2012 and November 2013, the Chicago Tribune named the Warren-Newport Public Library one of the Top 100 Places to Work in the Chicagoland Area.

Among small organizations in the Chicagoland area, WNPL scored in the top tier for conditions that make staff feel “genuinely appreciated,” “part of something meaningful,” and give staff “the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life.”

Over 1.4 millions items circulate annually to our population of 60,000 from a collection of 283,000, making us one of the busiest libraries in the state. A typical day sees 1500 visitors served by an award-winning team of customer-focused staff.

Please note that to apply for any position at the Warren Newport Public Library, a current application for employment is required. You may download an application for employment or obtain one at the Checkout Desk.

Job Vacancy Notice - Youth Services Librarian/Web Services

Classification:Grade 13
Rate of pay:$21.52/hour
Immediate supervisor:Head of Youth Services
Hours:Full-time 37.50 hours per week, including one evening per week, and one weekend per month.
Application deadline:Until Filled
About the position:Energetic, enthusiastic youth services department seeking experienced youth services librarian who loves to blog, post to social media, and explore new software programs and gadgets. Do you love LEGO WeDo? Are Tweens and Teens your favorite demographic? Do you enjoy graphic novels? Have we got an opportunity for you! Creative, exciting work in a collaborative department awaits the right candidate. Excellent customer service skills, a strong desire to engage and support the community, and knowledge of children's and young adult literature are essential.
Minimum qualifications:
  • MLS from an ALA accredited library school.
  • Knowledge of current library technologies including blog development, social networking applications and video.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Develops and implements improvements and enhancements to existing departmental web pages/blogs.

  • Evaluates and recommends electronic resources, technologies and web services for youth.

  • Advises and trains Youth Services staff on new electronic resources, technologies and web services.

  • Prepares technology statistics for the monthly report.

  • Assists youth and adults in the selection, organization and interpretation of library materials.

  • Instructs library users in the use of online services, catalogs, and basic reference tools.

  • Assists staff with complex reference questions and library policy questions.

  • Interprets library policy in the absence of department head.

  • Develops and implements programs and activities for youth.

  • Selects materials and develops assigned collection areas.

Applying for the position:Interested parties are encouraged to submit two writing samples from library social media postings or blogs, (or other examples if writing on library social media or blogs is not available); an Employment Application (available to download from the library website or at the Circulation Desk), resume and cover letter to:
Diana Sills
Head of Youth Services
Warren-Newport Public Library District
224 N. O’Plaine Road
Gurnee, Illinois 60031,

No Phone Calls Please.

Job Vacancy Notice - Youth Services Reference Assistant (14 hours per week)

Classification:Grade 9
Rate of Pay:$13.96/per hour
Immediate Supervisor:Head of Youth Services
Available Hours:14.0 hours per week: Tuesdays 5pm-9pm; Wednesdays 9:00am-5:00pm; one
Saturday per month. Occasional Sundays.
Application Deadline:Until filled
Please Note:We are looking for someone with great customer service skills to share their love of children's literature at our busy Youth Services Desk. Spanish speaking is a plus but not required. The ideal candidate would also need to have flexibility in scheduling to fill in for days, evenings, and weekends.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree or two years of college or university work.

  • Well developed oral communication skills.

  • Experience working with youth.

  • Basic understanding of library resources. and library automation.


  • Assists youth and adults in the selection, organization and interpretation of library materials. Refers complex reference or library policy questions to senior staff.

  • Instructs library users in the use of online services, catalogs and reference tools.

  • Places local holds, initiates system-level interlibrary loan transactions, registers patrons for programs and performs other service desk functions.

  • Troubleshoots minor problems of equipment (computers, copiers, etc.).

  • Attends and participates in staff, department, and other job-related meetings

  • Contributes to the library's web presence.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applying for the position:Obtain an application for employment online or at the Circulation desk. Please submit the Application, resume and cover letter to:
Diana Sills
Head of Youth Services
Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
or e-mail to
No phone calls, please.

Job Vacancy Notice - Shelver (10 hours per week)

Classification:Part-Time Library Shelver, Grade 3
Rate of Pay:$8.33 an Hour
Immediate Supervisor:Page Supervisor
Available Hours:One position, 10 hours per week. Tuesday, 5:00pm.-9:00pm.; Thursday 5:00pm.-9:00pm. Two Saturday per month: 1:00pm-5:00pm. Occasional Sundays. Please note: This position is not a seasonal position. We are looking for someone who can work these hours all during the year. The ideal candidate would also need to have flexibility in scheduling to fill in for days, evenings and weekends as needed.
Application Deadline:Until filled.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency.
  • Must be able to work in team environment
  • Well developed oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Requires a full range of body motion and ability to move a wheeled book cart with up to 100 lbs. of books or other library materials.
  • Must be able to maintain an exemplary public service attitude.

  • Feeds and sorts returned materials to conveyor/sorter system.
  • Straighten book shelves and restocks materials on displays.
  • Sort materials in numerical and alphabetical order.
  • Work with conveyor/sorter system for returned library items.
Applying for the Shelving Position:Obtain an library application application for employment at the Checkout Desk and submit the application to:
Paula Menia-Pena
Head of Circulation Services
Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
No phone calls please.

Vacancy Notice - IT Support Technician

Grade 10
Starting Pay:$16.01-$21.88, dependent upon qualifications
Head of Information Technology and Facilities
Hours:Full-time 37.50 Hours per Week: Mon., Tues., Thurs.: 8:00AM-4:00PM; Wed..12:00 noon-8:00PM; Fri., 8:00AM-4:00PM.
Application Deadline:Until Filled
Education and Experience Required::

  • Associate's degree or 2 years of college or university work

  • 2 years of IT technical hands-on experience using a combination of hardware, operating system and client-server apps, in an enterprise-wide distributed computing environment.

  • Certifications such as A+ are recommended.

  • In-depth knowledge of the operation, uses and capabilities of computer equipment.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with Microsoft and Mac operating systems.

  • Ability to research, analyze, and determine course of action for complex technical problems..


  • Performs day-to-day installation, minor repair, and troubleshooting of the library's network hardware and software, peripherals, office equipment, and other technology-related areas and responds to IT requests using issue-tracking software.

  • Provides assistance in use of equipment and software to both patrons and staff and provides training for library staff on the use of technologies.

  • Coordinates system hardware and software upgrades with library departments and staff to ensure minimal downtime.

  • Contacts suppliers, contractors, and other vendors for cost estimates and orders services, supplies and other materials related to IT hardware and software.

  • Inspects and analyzes performance of contractors.

  • .Sets up, arranges, and removes AV-related equipment for events and meetings.

  • Repsonds to off-hours emergencies as needed and works approved extended hours to meet critical deadlines.

  • Assists department head with annual budget estimates for new equipment, upgrades and supplies.

Applying for the Position:Apply with a resume, two references and cover letter along with an Application for Employment to:
Kevin Getty
Head of Information Technology and Facilities,
224 N. O’Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031

You may download the application online or obtain an application from our Circulation Desk. No Phone Calls Please.

Job Vacancy Notice - Executive Director

Job Title:Executive Director
The Library:The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Newport Public Library District seeks a collaborative and forward-thinking leader to serve as Executive Director. The library is located in the Chicago northern suburb of Gurnee, Illinois and serves the Village of Gurnee and all or part of the surrounding communities. This opportunity is available due to the upcoming retirement of the current Executive Director, Stephen Bero.
Starting Pay:Salary is negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits.

  • Must have a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
  • Understanding of current and emerging library technology and trends
  • High-level leadership experience with a Public Library District preferred

Desired Abilities:

  • A sense of humor, intellectual curiosity, and an openness to new ideas
  • Strong leadership with the ability to inspire staff, board, and community
  • Highly effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Political savviness, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Exhibit superior leadership and library operations skills
  • Lead the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork and collaboration
  • Advocate for the library and enthusiastically participate in community events and organizations
  • Solve challenges creatively, with an appreciation for alternative funding and other imaginative options for age-old challenges

For More Information:See John Keister & Associates' Website
Applying for the Position:To apply for the Executive Director position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and three references using this contact form. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files. We welcome inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
374 Marseilles Street
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
Phone: 847-955-0540
Position open until filled.