Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I don't have Work Study, does it matter?
The Libraries try to hire work study students when possible. However, we do hire non work study students as well.
How many hours do I have to work?
Although individual hours are coordinated at the department level, students usually work an average of 8-10 hours per week. Students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week total on campus during the academic year.
What sort of paperwork do I need to fill out?
Student employees are required to fill out the following forms before they can start working on campus:
- I-9 form at Student Services in Lyons Hall. See www.bc.edu/studentemployment for a list of acceptable documents.
- W-4 (federal withholding form). This is accessible via the Agora Portal
- M-4 (Massachusetts withholding form. This is accessible via the Agora Portal.
- Direct Deposit- This is accessible via the Agora Portal
How many students work in the Libraries?
There are over 250 students employed in the Libraries - the majority in O'Neill Library.
How much will I get paid?
The current starting student pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
How long will it be before I receive a pay check?
Once your information is processed online and is approved by Student Services, it usually takes about 7-10 days from the time of your first day at work. Students will get paid on Friday’s for hours worked during the previous week.
Where do I pick up checks?
All pay is now directly deposited into an employee's bank account. Direct deposit can be completed through the Agoral Portal.
What do I have to do if I am an international student?
Prior to being hired, international students who wish to work on campus must complete a Form 1-9, bringing original documentation to Student Services. They must also bring the following:
- A Letter of Permission to work form the BC Office of International Students and Scholars (located in Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor).
- Passport and Visa
- I-20 or Form DS2019
International students will also need to apply for a social security number in order to be paid. More information on this can be found at www.bc.edu/studentemployment.
What kind of work would I be doing?
Each library has a variety of work that is performed by students. Typical jobs include: answering telephones, processing books and media for circulation, delivering supplies, photocopying, shelving books, maintaining books on the shelves, labeling or repairing books, helping patrons locate materials, courier service between the Newton Campus and O'Neil, working in Acquisitions, getting books ready for circulation, processing reserve books, periodicals and interlibrary loan materials. A list of current job descriptions can be found on the student job descriptions page.
I never worked in a library, will you still hire me?
We are looking for students with a good attitude, are responsible and conscientious and can work a variety of hours. Most of the students we hire have never worked in a library but are excited to learn new things and be part of such an important part of the BC community.