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Student Employment Program

The Libraries Student Employment Program (LSEP) supports student employees and student supervisors at each step of the student employment lifecycle. From recruitment and onboarding to career planning after graduation, we are here to help answer all of your library student employment related questions.

Join the BU Libraries Team

Apply online for student positions in the upcoming semester!

We hire all year round, but our busiest hiring periods are:

Prepare for Hiring Paperwork

All students hired will need to complete the federally required I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form. To prepare for this, we recommend that prospective student employees bring original, unexpired copies of their acceptable I-9 documents to campus.

Students who have already worked at BU and been paid by BU do not need to complete the I-9 again.

Types of Positions

Customer Service

Serving the BU community at our service desks is a core function of the BU Libraries, and we offer many student positions across our libraries that specialize in providing excellent customer service to library patrons. These positions focus on communicating with library patrons and assisting them with access to library services.

Materials Processing

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at the BU Libraries, and we offer many student positions that support this backend work. From Interlibrary Loan to shelving to sorting mail to processing archival materials, all of our materials processing positions are as crucial to serving the BU community as our frontline customer service positions.

Special Projects

Special project positions support small teams with big visions. These teams might not hire as often, but when they do, student positions may include processing materials in specialized languages, working with data, working on graphic design, managing social media engagement, or even helping the Libraries Student Employment Program grow and improve for years to come. These positions tend to require previous experience or a specialized skillset.

Wages & Scheduling

Most entry level student jobs at the BU Libraries are Grade 2 positions. Some materials processing and special projects jobs involve more responsibility and start at a Grade 3. Visit the Student Employment Office website for current hourly rates in these job grades.

Most new positions at the BU Libraries offer around 5 hours/week during the academic year and 15 hours/week over the summer semesters, depending on scheduling and work study award size. Student employees nominated by their supervisors may be eligible for supplemental funding to support additional hours.

Work schedules are generally set at the start of each new semester and renewed when semesters and class schedules change. Attendance is a core competency of any student position at the BU Libraries, but most locations offer ways of finding coverage to allow for some flexibility when needed.

Work Locations

We offer a wide range of positions across many library locations, including those listed below. The best way to apply for positions at any of these locations is to submit our central online application.

Inside Mugar Memorial Library

Branch Locations


  • Email us at LibStuHR@bu.edu
  • Call us at 617-358-4053
  • Visit us in Mugar 303, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm