Part-time Reference Librarian Alameda County Law Library – Oakland, CA

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Reference Librarian- Pool
Part-Time & On-Call/Substitute

Position Description: Alameda County Law Library seeks candidates for our Part-Time On-Call Reference Librarian (PTOC) pool. In addition to providing outstanding reference service, PTOC Reference Librarians may support a variety of technical services, and/or administrative functions. We offer flexible work schedules, a collegial atmosphere, training and skill development, and an opportunity to make a difference in the community!

Perfect for those wanting to work part-time, including (but not limited to), law librarians seeking greater work-life balance, retired law librarians, MLIS students/recent graduates with a legal background, and attorneys or paralegals exploring a career in law librarianship. Weekly part-time shifts and on-call/substitute positions are available.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide reference assistance, instruction, and document delivery to Law Library patrons from the Reference Desk- in person, by phone, and via email.
  • Assist in-person and remotely located patrons in the use of the Library’s subscription legal databases.
  • Make targeted referrals to local legal aid organizations, Court Self-Help, and Lawyer Referral Services.
  • Explain and enforce Library Policies and Rules of Conduct.
  • Perform circulation functions, such as checking materials in and out, issuing library cards, and re-shelving books.
  • Check in conference room users and make reservations as needed.
  • Assist patrons with copiers, printers, and computer issues.
  • Sell supplies and perform monetary transactions at the Reference Desk.
  • Maintain a professional and positive customer service attitude when providing reference service and interacting with patrons, co-workers, vendors and other County employees.
  • Create LibGuides and handouts to help patrons identify and access relevant resources.
  • May assist Technical Services Librarian with acquisitions, cataloging, materials processing, collection maintenance, claims, repairs, and/or voucher entry.
  • May assist with a variety of clerical and administrative functions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program. JD or Paralegal Certificate is desirable. We will also consider MLIS students and others with a legal background.


Experience working in a law library and/or legal setting. Public services experience preferred.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of legal resources (print and electronic), legal terminology, and legal research.
  • Interest in public service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Customer service experience or experience interacting with the public.
  • Ability to maintain reliable and predictable attendance.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with a diverse community of users.
  • Ability to work independently and make productive use of work time.
  • Experience working with an integrated library system.
  • Ability to lift and move books, materials, and other equipment as necessary, in accordance with all safety procedures.

Employment application is available on our website:

About Us
Alameda County Law Library is a public law library. Our mission is to connect the public and attorneys with authoritative legal information sources. Visitors use law library resources to research the law, prepare for court, and draft legal documents. By providing equal access to the tools needed to successfully participate in the legal system, Alameda County Law Library helps facilitate access to justice for all members of the community. Please note that law librarians cannot give legal advice:

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $27.00 – $30.00 per hour

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Oakland, CA 94607: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Legal research: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: One location