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.”




Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton NJ

Salary: $51,783 starting
Status: Full-time and benefitted, 35 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Application Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The successful candidate will engage in all aspects of professional Librarianship within the organization. In addition, they will be responsible for the development and relevancy of the Library’s Community Services and Adult Programming.  They will assist other Librarians in pulling together various divergent areas of the Library’s services to create a systematic approach to Outreach and Adult Programming.  Most impactful, this Librarian will be responsible for working with the Assessment and User Assessment  to create a cohesive and exceptional overall User Experience in every aspect of Library services.

The Librarian must have strong leadership and communication skills, passion for people, and an ability to implement 21st Century Librarianship and Library Services in all aspects of Library Service.

In addition:

  • a thorough knowledge of:

o    the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation;

o    current trends in the delivery of library services;

o    library and social media technology;

o    current Outreach and Programming trends and models;

o    integration of technological solutions for everyday challenges;

o    reference and research techniques;

o    solid collection development experience;

  • the ability:

o    to maintain accurate records and statistics and complete reports;

o    exercise initiative and independent judgment;

o    establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and all library staff;

o    Communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

The successful candidate will be held to the highest ethical and professional standards. This individual should be a role-model for all staff, at all times, on all issues. We are seeking someone who is customer oriented, knowledgeable about library issues, passionate about Libraries, and recognizes that going ‘above and beyond’ is simply part of the job.  We seek team members who will provide the calming and considered influence necessary for productive relationships with colleagues and a desirable work environment. We seek an individual who consistently exercises solid critical thought, who understands that “good enough” never is, and wants to be a consistently positive professional influence within our organization.  We are looking for an individual who will develop a zeal, zest and passion for the community we serve.

Education and Experience
The successful candidate must have a Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school and public library experience. Demonstrated knowledge of technology and social media is expected. Spanish skills are a plus.  Veterans are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Send cover letter and resume to Administration at Director@trentonlib.org with the subject line “Community Outreach Librarian 1”.  Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

For complete position responsibilities and full requirements see http://info.csc.state.nj.us/jobspec/07569.htm

For more information about the Trenton Free Public Library visit us at www.trentonlib.org

TFPL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



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. 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.