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Work Study Student Program 2023/2024

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

This program offers high school students insights into the environment and culture of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Work Study Students will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management.

Please see the list of required documents below. Incomplete applications will disqualify you from the program.

For more details about the Work Study Student Program, click here:


Conditions of Employment

  • Students enrolled in a Work-Based Learning Program are given preference
  • Homeschooled students must have completed 70% of their high school studies
  • To be considered for a position students MUST submit ALL required documents

For a student to be eligible to submit an application for the Library of Congress Work Study Student Program they must meet the following requirements.
  • A US Citizen
  • Enrolled in their Junior or Senior year of high school studies at a local high school not more than 45 minutes commute to worksite
  • Must be available for work Monday - Friday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. OR Monday - Friday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. - available from August 28, 2023 through June 30, 2024.
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Eligible for a Work Permit OR 18 years old
  • In good standing with high school grades
  • In good standing with previous employers or supervisors at volunteer positions
  • Demonstrate positive behavior at high school and work environments
  • Recommended by the appropriate high school officials through required e-mail procedure (see Required Documents section of vacancy for e-mail procedure)

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


GS - 1: No experience required other than attendance in accredited high school with an early release time. (During High School Work Study Program)


Students who are homeschooled must have completed 70% of their high school studies at the time of application as demonstrated on school transcript.

Additional information

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If a student needs a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

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