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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 - Shelver (10.00 hours per week)

Classification:Part-Time Library Shelver
Rate of Pay:$8.33 an Hour, Grade 3
Immediate Supervisor:Page Supervisor
Available Hours:One position, 10.00 hours per week. Monday, 5:00PM-9:00PM; Wednesday 5:00PM.-9:00PM; Two Saturdays per month: 1PM-5PM. Occasional Sundays. 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 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:You can apply for this position in person by obtaining a library application for employment online or at the Checkout Desk, or you can submit your résumé and cover letter to:
Paula Menia-Pena
Head of Circulation Services
Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
No phone calls, please.

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.