About the Trenton Free Public Library:

The City of Trenton is located in Mercer County, across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania. The historic State Capital of New Jersey - which was the site of General George Washington’s first military victory in December 1776 and the national capital of the United States in November and December 1784 - is centrally located between Philadelphia and New York City. The City of Trenton has a richly diverse population of 85,000 people.

The Trenton Free Public Library was the first library in New Jersey and is one of the oldest in the United States. The Library is home to the Trentoniana Collection, an enormous genealogy and local history collection. The library provides programming for children, teenagers and adults at least five days a week, including pre-school storytimes, adult book clubs, a knitting club, crafts for children, STEM workshops for children, senior citizen computer classes and many more. The mission of the library is that “The Trenton Free Public Library is a bridge that connects the community to literacy, guides learning and inspires curiosity.”



$18.82 per hour


Under direction of a supervisory official, performs varied simple and  moderately physically strenuous tasks involved  in  cleaning and  maintaining offices, furniture, buildings, and grounds;  may assist  in  making minor repairs to buildings or equipment;  does other related duties as required.

NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for illustrative  purposes only.  A particular  position  using  this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the job  may not be listed.


 Cleans rooms, offices,  cafeterias,  cottages,  other   living quarters, halls, gymnasiums, laboratories, auditoriums,  hospital wards, bathrooms, and restrooms. Dusts, cleans, and polishes furniture, fixtures, woodwork, and equipment. Washes and cleans windows, sweeps, washes, strips,  waxes, and polishes floors, and sweeps and vacuums rugs. May  make  minor  repairs to the heating, electrical,  and  other systems of varied types of buildings, and    services bathrooms/restrooms.  Performs snow removal and/or various duties related to inclement weather outside of normal business hours.  Assists carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and steamfitters  by carrying tools and materials, by placing and removing ladders, by cleaning up after work has been done, and by doing other varied tasks of a simple nature.  Services coin machines and empties ashtrays and wastebaskets.  May make beds and change household linens.  May collect, count, and sort laundry.  Distributes supplies.  Keeps essential records and files.  In the Department of Human Services, may be required to undergo fire training classes.  When  necessary, moves and controls heavy equipment, carries and sets  up  ladders  and scaffolding, and works  from  ladders and scaffolds.  When assigned, moves objects weighing about 50 pounds. Mops or scrapes sticky or heavy liquids from floors.  Occasionally  works  on  ladders and scaffolds  to  change  light bulbs, replace venetian blinds, wash walls, and so forth.  When assigned, moves heavy furniture, supplies, and equipment.  Runs power cleaning equipment, cleans and oils the equipment, and changes brushes and accessories.  May mow lawns, trim hedges, rake and burn leaves and refuse, trim driveway  and sidewalk edges using spades and hoes, shovel  snow, and spread sand or salt on icy surfaces to prevent slipping.  Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.


 LICENSE: Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of procedures, materials, and tools used  in  washing, waxing,  vacuuming, and polishing wood, tile,  cement,  linoleum, glass, and other woodwork, furniture, and fixtures.  Knowledge of use of and minor adjustment to sweepers, vacuum cleaners, floor waxers, polishers, and other equipment. Knowledge  of  how to make minor repairs to heating,  electrical, plumbing, and other systems.  Ability  to  handle cleaning problems, lift and  move  moderately heavy objects, organize cleaning work, and develop work methods.  Ability  to understand, remember, and carry out oral and  written directions,   and   to   learn  quickly   from directions and demonstrations. Ability  to maintain a building, ward, laboratory, office,  unit,or area in a clean, hygienic, and orderly condition.  Ability  to  follow safety precautions and to report  potentially hazardous conditions. Ability to work effectively with other employees. Ability to keep simple records. Ability  to  learn to utilize various types of electronic  and/or manual  recording  and information systems used  by  the  agency, office, or related units.  Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and  communicate  in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this  position.  American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered  as acceptable forms of communication.  Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the  job  after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because  it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Please send resume and cover letter to tbrown@trentonlib.org with the subject line Building Maintenance Worker.


The Trenton Free Public Library is looking for dedicated, motivated, detail-oriented individuals with solid computer skills to provide EXCELLENT customer service to our Library Patrons.

This is a part time, 19 hours or less per week position, that may include evenings and weekend hours. We are hiring for the following shifts: 9 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm, and 5 pm to 8 pm. This position is temporary and will last no more than 6 months.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating Library Cards
  • Checking material out to Patrons
  • Reviewing a Patron's status to use the Library Services
  • Working with the Circulation Team to provide service that is based 100% on Policy
  • Assisting Patrons in finding material or using library services.


  • Sorting and shelving material
  • Checking-in material from the book drop
  • Processing the Hold Lists and searching the Missing Items list
  • Keeping the shelves and library tidy (shelf reading; straightening; clearing loose books)
  • Checking books which may need mending
  • Performing other tasks as specified by the supervisor.

The salary is $8.80/hr and is part-time and therefore unbenefitted with a 90-day working test period.