Current Posted and Pooled Vacancies

Current Posted Vacancies

Director of the Champaign County Historical Archives

If you are a friendly, energetic, collaborative leader who enjoys connecting with all kinds of people, The Urbana Free Library needs you to be our Director of the Champaign County Historical Archives! You will work with amazing Library staff, volunteers, graduate students, and community partners. The Champaign County Historical Archives (CCHA) is a department of the Library that maintains a research-level collection on the history and genealogy of Champaign County and its residents. The CCHA has diverse and outstanding collections, including over one million photographs; 25,000 books and journals; 500 maps; 250 oral histories; newspapers, newsletters, directories, and yearbooks; and The Chanute Air Museum’s archival holdings of photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, base publications, and more.

The Library has been serving our community for over 145 years – we have a rich history and a bright future. The Library has a budget of $4.6 million, and of that, the CCHA has a budget of $310,000. Urbana is a micro-urban community of 41,500 people who represent a broad mix of cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds. Our devoted and talented staff serve patrons of all ages and backgrounds, from professors and college students to those with no computer at home; teens and preteens; job seekers, retirees, and recent immigrants. Job Posting

The job posting will be considered open until it is filled, but for fullest consideration, each applicant must submit the following using the online application by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2019:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A completed application
  3. A resume
  4. Answers to the following questions in approximately 200 words (per question):

a. Describe the past position you have held that is most relevant to this position, giving a brief synopsis of the type and size of organization, level of activity, number of people you supervised, management duties, etc.
b. Tell us about an initiative you participated in or managed that improved service to patrons with a variety of research needs.
c. What do you see as the roles of the public library in the community?

Minimum requirements include:

  • American Library Association-accredited Masters of Information or Library Science degree or equivalent.
  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience in archives, special collections, or similar, at least two of which have been supervisory; five years desired. Public library experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing archival and special collections in all formats, including accessioning and processing archival collections.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing public, research, and outreach services for archival and special collections.

Each application that meets the minimum requirements, that is complete, that has been submitted using the online application and before the job posting fullest consideration date, will be considered. Complete applications that meet the minimum requirements and that are submitted after October 23, 2019, will be considered only if necessary. Paper submissions will not be accepted.

If you have questions, contact Celeste Choate, Executive Director, at or 217-367-4058.

Current Pooled Vacancies

Now accepting applications for an hourly Shelver / Barista position.

The Shelver / Barista routinely shelves books and other materials, retrieves items to fill requests, keeps the material in proper order, empties the book returns, moves books and furniture, runs errands, and performs other basic tasks related to the library collections. Also, works in the library cafe. Full position announcement and job description: view online or download (PDF)

The Urbana Free Library Job Application, Hourly and Part-time Employee (PDF)


Now accepting applications for an hourly Circulation Clerk / Information Assistant position.

The Circulation Clerk issues library cards, checks materials in and out, and performs other duties at the Circulation Desk. Duties demand extensive public interaction, and the clerk must continually present a positive and friendly image while handling many tasks at once in a busy, automated environment. The Information Assistant provides routine reference and reader's advisory service to patrons and assists them with catalog, Internet, computer software, fax, and copier questions at other service desks. Full position announcements and job descriptions:

Circulation Clerk - Hourly - view online or download (PDF)
Information Assistant - Hourly - view online or download (PDF)

The Urbana Free Library Job Application, Hourly and Part-time Employee (PDF)