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Library services, in one form or another, have been offered for nearly 135 years in the city of Hillsdale. In 1879 a group of women formed a library association formed with the intention to "circulate good literature among the people of Hillsdale." The books they collected would eventually become the foundation of the Mitchell Public Library, which opened in 1908. The Mitchell Public Library served Hillsdale for 95 years until the construction of the Hillsdale Community Library in 2003, a two million dollar state-of-the-art library building. Growing from the initial collection of 2,666 volumes, the Hillsdale Community Library collection currently stands at over 39,000 volumes and continues to grow. The new library also includes dedicated space for children's programming, a young adults' area and expanded technology. The new facility also includes a spacious community meeting room that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to use for presentations and meetings.

Hillsdale Community Library Mission Statement

Hillsdale Community Library is dedicated to serving the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Hillsdale.  As a public agency the library is maintained as a service to the community and the people who support it.  Service of the library is not limited to individuals, but extends to support the civic, educational and cultural activities of groups and organizations.  The library cooperates with other organizations, agencies, and institutions to provide library service.


Hillsdale Community Library Vision Statement

The vision for this library builds on the strengths and achievements of the past and envisions a future in which the library reflects the changing needs and desires of those who use it and reaches out in a creative way to attract new users.  The library provides a welcoming environment to all, makes the best technology available to serve the information needs of the community, and encourages lifelong learning.


Did you know? Facts About the Hillsdale Community Library

  • Over 58,900 people visited the library in 2015
  • The public access computers were used 11,246 times in 2015
  • The Wi-Fi was utilized 4,510 times in 2015
  • 7,139 hours were spent on the public access computers in 2015
  • 57,572 items were circulated in 2015
  • Ancestry.com is now available on the public access computers
  • 4,319 eBooks were downloaded in 2015
  • 4,469 patrons attended 227 programs in 2015
  • 312 kids, 116 teens, and 83 adults participated in the 2015 Summer Reading Program
  • The library held its first Summer Reading program in 1936
  • The Ladies Library Association of Hillsdale was formed in 1879 with a collection of 522 books. This collection formed the basis for the Mitchell Public Library
  • The library's Historical Room was established in 1916 and is continuing to grow under the care of the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center


Job openings

Library Clerk

General Description:  The Clerk performs various duties as assigned in the day-to-day operation of the library.  The primary responsibility of the Library Clerk is to work at the circulation desk, assist patrons and to manage interlibrary loan services. The Clerk reports to, and is evaluated by, the Library Director.

Examples of Duties:

  • Check books, magazines and other library holdings in and out at the circulation desk
  • Collect fines using an automated circulation system
  • Assist patrons with questions about public access computers or computer functions
  • Answer telephone and provide routine information to patrons
  • Operate a variety of standard office and library machines
  • Notify patrons about reserve and overdue materials
  • Provide basic reference service or, if unable to do so, refer matter to librarian
  • Perform routine book maintenance and processing
  • Assist librarian with collection development
  • Help oversee library pages and or volunteers
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Perform other related duties as required

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High school diploma required, some college preferred
  • Position requires a service oriented individual who is able to interact with a diverse population, establish good rapport with library users, and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees
  • Some knowledge of library clerical procedures and practices
  • Firm grasp of the English language
  • Must understand and follow written and oral instructions
  • Must be extremely organized and pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to master automated circulation system and library procedures
  • Some basic accounting abilities
  • Ability to remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high-pressure situations

This is a 24-29 hour per week position with evening and/or Saturday work.

Base wage $8.50 per hour - dependent upon experience

Email and attach cover letter, resume, and three references to lbeckwith@hillsdale-library.org by August 1, 2016.


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