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Library Aide

Fairfax County Government
Mclean, Virginia
$41,509.52 - $69,182.46 Annually
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

Job Details

Job Announcement

Provides circulation assistance to library customers. Performs essential public service support tasks. Performs other duties as may be assigned to further the goals and objectives of Fairfax County Public Library.

Note: This job announcement will be used to fill multiple current vacancies and may be used to fill future vacancies. Current vacancies are located at the following branches:

Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave, McLean, VA, 22101-2818
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA, 22015-4274
Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA, 22150-3499

The selected applicant's starting annual rate will be in the minimum to midpoint range ($41,509.52 - $55,345.68) of the advertised compensation range. Compensation rules apply per county personnel regulations for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

Schedule: Scheduling flexibility is imperative. Standard hours may include day and/or evening hours to include weekdays and weekends as assigned. The schedule may vary depending on the needs of the library.

To learn more about a career with Fairfax County Public Library, watch our video " Library Staff Share Why They Love Working at the Library "

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Sorts, Shelves and shifts materials;
  • Alphabetizes books on carts;
  • Checks shelves to ensure books are in proper order;
  • Responds to the needs of library customers at the circulation desk;
  • Charges and discharges library materials; processes delivery and book drop returns;
  • Issues library cards and maintains customer accounts;
  • Informs customers of library services, policies, procedures, and resources;
  • Resolves customer issues within established guidelines;
  • Assists customers in the use of technology, e. g. copiers, printers, electronic materials;
  • Refers customers to the information desk as appropriate;
  • Retrieves and processes daily circulation reports;
  • Assists with maintenance of the library collection.
  • Assists with library support duties;
  • May recommend reading materials to customers;
  • May assist with outreach and other library programs.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Ability to sort alphabetically and numerically;
  • Knowledge of word processing and computer applications;
  • Ability to operate the Library's automated circulation system;
  • Ability to learn and independently use office equipment, including software suites and
  • specialized databases;
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others;
  • Ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written communications;
  • Ability to promote library services;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English with customers and staff;
  • Ability to adapt to workplace change.

Employment Standards

High school graduation or possession of a GED issued by a state department of education; plus, one of the following:
  • Six months of full-time experience or the equivalent amount of part-time experience (i.e., two years as a 10-hour Page) working or volunteering in a library; or
  • One year of full-time experience or the equivalent amount of part-time experience providing customer service.


The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and child protective services registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Six months of experience working with and assisting the public in a library setting.
  • Experience explaining policies and procedures.
  • Experience working with automated library systems/software.

Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to lift up to 15 lbs. Ability to perform repetitive hand, arm, wrist and shoulder movements. Ability to shelve materials at all height levels. Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time. Ability to stoop, bend, reach, squat, and kneel. Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to provide coverage, attend meetings and trainings. Physical requirements are applicable to all duties. Ability to push and pull 4-wheeled book bins filled at 90% capacity, requiring 20 lbs. of initial (starting) force, and a sustained force of 10 lbs. after initial acceleration. Ability to push and pull 4-wheeled book carts filled at 70% capacity, requiring 14 lbs. of initial (starting) force, and a sustained force of 7 lbs. after initial acceleration. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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