William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at William & Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the chance to experiment with new technologies and projects.

The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus wide engagement.  We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.

The university is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of benefits that fosters well-being, acknowledges the need for balance in the work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn, enables and sustains a productive workplace. To view benefits available, visit the Human Resources website.

Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and experience U.S. history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as  music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature, sports and water sports, festivals, and more.  Williamsburg feels like a small college and tourist town, and is within an hour radius of larger cities such as Richmond and Virginia Beach. 


Faculty/Staff Positions

  • Library Specialist - Metadata

    Posted , open until .

    William & Mary Libraries seeks a collaborative colleague to serve as Library Specialist - Metadata. This position creates or adapts data to describe digital content and uses online library systems. No prior library experience is necessary and training will be provided.

    The Library Specialist - Metadata:

    • Creates metadata for items in William & Mary’s digital collections and institutional repository
    • Works with others in the library to add materials to the institutional repository
    • Sets up and maintains research profiles for faculty and graduate students
    • Supports scholarly communication initiatives on campus

    We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University. 

    Find out more and apply

  • Acquisitions Assistant

    Posted , open until .

    William & Mary Libraries seek a reliable and self-motivated colleague to serve as Acquisitions Assistant in their Content Services Department. This position orders resources for the library’s collection from a variety of vendors and creates purchase and invoice records to ensure accurate tracking of budget lines. The successful candidate will have excellent data entry skills with a strong ability to proofread and edit their own work. This position interacts with multiple online university and library systems, so the flexibility and willingness to learn new platforms is key to success. Training for all internal computer systems and processes will be provided, and no prior library experience is necessary.    

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Student Positions

We love our student assistants!   We couldn't provide the services we offer without you.  On average we employ 120 student assistants during the academic year, most hired at the beginning of the fall semester. We give preference to students with work-study financial aid.

To apply, complete our application for student employment. See also our student employment policy and About Student Employment & Federal Work Study from W&M's Financial Aid Office. Contact Abbey Childs with any questions.

  • Summer Projects Student Assistant

    We are excited to introduce a new-to-W&M Libraries technology: RFID tagged books. We need your help converting Swem Library’s 1.9 million item collection from barcode-based transactions to RFID tags. While adhering to COVID-19 guidelines (6’ social distancing, mask-wearing, wiping surfaces, etc.), you will be pulling items to scan, tag and re-shelf. We are looking to hire 10-20 student employees in this position. The pay rate is $10/hour. This is a temporary summer position. Anticipated start date: mid to end of May; end date: end of summer.

  • Music Library Student Assistant

    The Music Library is looking for its newest team member! The Music Library student assistant team is known for their appreciation and knowledge of various types of music, ability to locate items within the music library’s collection, and a steadfast willingness to help patrons. Music library student assistants work with members of the W&M music community to facilitate the mission creation and preservation of music. As such, they are expected to gain a breadth of knowledge and facility about how our collection supports the music creation and preservation process.