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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a job in a campus library?

Jobs will be posted to Libraries Student Employment Page and may also be posted on the Boston College Student Employment Page as well. 

Additional information on which libraries will be accepting applications and how to apply can be found at 

I don't have Work Study, does it matter?

We 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?

Individual hours and schedules are coordinated at the department level. 

During the academic year, students may work up to 20 hours per week, and no more
then a total of 29 hours per week between semesters and during Spring Break, even
if working more than one job for Boston College.

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:

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 pay rate will vary depending on your position, and pay code. Please speak with your (potential) supervisor to confirm your pay rate. 


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?

Pay is directly deposited into an employee's bank account. Direct deposit can be completed through Agora Portal.


However, if direct deposit is not set up then your paycheck will be held at the Brighton Campus (located at 129 Lake St Brighton, Ma). 

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 the Boston College student employment page.

What kind of work would I be doing?

Each library has a variety of work that is performed by students across different jobs. Please consult with your (potential) supervisor for a job description.

Some 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'Neill, 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.