The UCSB Library provides part-time (less than 40 hours/week) employment to approximately 150 students. Only currently-enrolled UC students may apply for and occupy these positions, with priority consideration given to students enrolled at UCSB. Students who have graduated or have withdrawn from school are ineligible for employment in these positions (see the "Staff or Academic Openings").

We are a Federal Work-Study preferred employer and will give priority review of applications to those eligible for that program.

Employee Benefits

  • Competitive wages with 2% merit increases each calendar year
  • Paid time dedicated to Professional Development
  • Accommodations for academic pursuits
  • Transferrable skills to build out your resume

When to Apply

Applications are accepted as vacancies occur and job applications are posted. When a vacancy occurs, supervisors with open student positions will have their application(s) posted to our website (link below). It is recommended that you check our website frequently as postings are updated on a weekly basis.

How to Apply

  • Job openings are posted to Handshake.
  • When seeking employment with the UCSB Library, please be sure to apply to each job posting you wish to be considered for.
  • For Resume and Cover Letter assistance, contact Career Services.
  • Sign up for our Mailing List to get notifications when new positions are available.

Please direct any questions you may have to Library HR.

Student Assistant Resources

UCSB Reads Undergraduate Book Club Leaders

UCSB Library provides experiential learning opportunities for students in conjunction with the annual UCSB Reads program. UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus and community-wide “one book” program led by UCSB Library whose goal is to bring the campus together to discuss important issues. For UCSB Reads 2024 we have selected Your Brain On Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross.

Currently enrolled UCSB students may apply to co-lead a UCSB Reads book club during either winter or spring quarter. Leaders will read the selected book, create discussion prompts based on the book and topics related to the book, and lead discussions at book club meetings. The Library will match you with a co-leader and student participants. UCSB Library will also provide free copies of the book to leaders and participants, a Library room to meet, and light refreshments for each meeting. As a book club leader in this campus-wide program, you will gain experience planning an event and facilitating a discussion group while connecting with other undergraduate students with similar interests. Book club leaders will receive their choice of either a $100 stipend deposited into their BARC account, or a $75 Amazon gift card.

For more information, please email

To apply, please complete this form.