The Getty

Library Assistant III

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0419-Research Services & Collections
Targeted Hiring Range
$22.80 - $27.93 Hourly
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a fulltime Library Assistant III.  The position handles both collection maintenance and circulation tasks. The Library Assistant III will work both under little to no supervision and within a team environment, focusing on the ongoing tasks associated with the circulation of materials in a library setting, including pulling, sorting, and reshelving books, charging and discharging materials, and editing online records. The Getty Library uses the Ex-Libris suite of hosted products: Alma, Primo, and Rosetta. A primary duty of this Library Assistant III position will be working on collection maintenance and the “end processing” of material such as marking, housing, repairing, and evaluating the condition of materials. The Library Assistant III may work on occasion at the Library’s Annex location in Valencia, CA.


The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, ongoing collecting program, public programs, institutional partnerships, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars’ programs. Among the world’s premier art libraries, the Getty Library and its Special Collections include over 1.5 million volumes, rare materials, and digital resources, which serve a vast international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and collectively provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Primary duty will be the end processing of general collection materials.
  • May assist with special collections end processing.
  • May assist and resolve moderately complex problems for staff and library users
  • May process interlibrary loan borrowing and lending requests online
  • May assist in processing, caring for, and reformatting collections
  • Uses various library software applications to execute moderately complex transactions
  • Maintains the general collections stacks
  • Assists with the ongoing tasks associated with the circulation of materials including pulling, sorting, and reshelving books and serials
  • Check materials in and out using the Alma library system
  • May staff a public service desk
  • Participate in special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related discipline preferred
  • Minimum 3 years related experience
  • Some supervisory and training experience preferred


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with library patrons
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Familiarity in at least one foreign language preferred
  • Experience with industry standard software suites as appropriate to assigned duties
  • Experience with library circulation systems, bibliographic databases, and library specific software application preferred
  • Ability to handle rare and unique materials with care
  • Experience handling fragile or brittle materials preferred
  • Physical activity for extended periods at various times throughout the day including lifting library materials weighing up to 40 pounds and pushing heavy book carts
  • Ability to climb industrial ladders required to page and shelve from the collections
  • Good manual dexterity required

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.