Senior Page (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 9, 2017
A typical day at work would be prcessing and shipping books to other public libraries. I learned that hard work goes a long way. Management was very polite and well spoken. They were very helpful and professional.
Library Information Assistant (Current Employee) – New York, NY – May 20, 2017
Much of the day involves interacting with the public, computer help and circulation of materials. Policy and upper management may change often, making it difficult to retaining all of the new information. However, communities tend to show a great appreciation for the library and staff.
Senior Engineer (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 4, 2016
I've worked at NYPL for 5+ years, 1+ year at the current position. it's fairly laid back environment. With 7hr/day work schedule, some come to work at 7am, while others at 11, and leave at 3 pm to 6pm. My current position is with IT -- it's a small group, but it is always difficult to work with IT managers who are always defensive and technically lacking. My typical co-workers weren't exactly the creme of the crop either. The hardest part of my job was to convince them to change or improve their way of doing things -- some IT managers were quite blatant BS artists and they were more interested in hiding their problems. After working in the public sector all these years, I came to understand why some IT failures at large gov't agencies (eg, IRS, Obamacare website) are inevitable.
Public librarian's job in diverse community is providing wide range of information to customers is not so much of involving in the detailed research
Children's Librarian (Current Employee) – Staten Island, NY – November 8, 2015
A public library is a busy place serving people who need assistance in basic life skills, as well as providing wide range of free programs. A children' s librarian's day is constant planning, preparing, executing and reporting programs offered to different age range of children as well as outreach activities to local schools and daycare facilities. Helping people and being appreciated is the best part of the job, while having enough time for preparation and dealing with difficult customers are the hardest part of the job. Library coworkers are generally cooperative and the atmosphere is to help with each other, rather than compete. As a large organization, communication within the organization is always a challenge, but current management is addressing the issue and improvements have been made. Overall, it is a good environment to work and have chances learn more and improve yourself.
Computer Page (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – January 5, 2015
Working at the library would was a pretty peaceful job. It was like working in a store but without all of the hassle and confusion that some customers may bring about. The job was to reorganize bookshelves, provide customer care when needed and to just make sure the library was presentable looking.
Children's Librarian Trainee (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 1, 2014
New York Public Library is an interesting place to work at. It was very fast paced and you serviced a diverse group of person you could think of. Working at NYPL was really a great experience, it kept you on your toes and you were never bored. I always tell people if you could make it at NYPL you could make it any any other library in the world.
Productive and relatively stable work environment.
Accounts Payable Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 29, 2014
A typical work day included dealing with vendors and internal departmental customers to resolves payment inquires as well as instructions to internal customers. I have learnt that hard work, dedication and commitment to duties and deadline can bring about reward and satisfaction in a work well done. Co-workers were mostly supportive and created an atmosphere of team work and support. The hardest part of the jobs was sometimes having to relentlessly pursued end users to timely submit approved invoices so that supplier can be paid timely. The most enjoyable part of the work was the praises and compliments of well satisfied customers.
Nice organization, but sketchy job security for new hires
Specialist III (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 16, 2013
NYPL offers the opportunity to use your expertise in a way most organizations will not. Co-workers are interesting and working with the public can be rewarding. The downside is the budget has been slashed over the years and rumors linger that it could be further whittled down. As a result, morale is low and a lot of people are touchy about job security.
Page (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – August 3, 2013
This branch is absolutely horrible. There is no room to move up. You will always work 19 hours maximum until you graduate and look for a position as an information assistant which requires a degree. In addition, the superiors there are very power hungry and nosy. I suppose since working in a library can be boring they make up lies and rumors about you to please themselves. In general, many of the superiors are watching you and out to get you. For some reason they like to see the pages get in trouble and since this position is at the bottom of the totem pole there is absolutely nothing you can do. I would never recommend anyone work here. I have every intentions of filing an official work-related complaint. Keep scrolling, do not apply. Also your checks will be about $280 every two weeks. Barely enough to survive.
Decent pay rate, good breaks, relaxed work day
No respect from superiors, mistreatment, no room for advancement
Senior Page (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 23, 2013
The position I held was good for students due to their flexible hours and decent pay. Best part of the job was working with a group of people around my age group. They were easy to get along with. The job itself is very easy; we process incoming books and handle patron requests. The toughest part of this job is handling the changes happening at the NYPL. They are closing 2 branches and consolidating them into our branch, making things hectic.
hour long lunch break, flexible hours, great people
can only work 19 hours per week, no room for advancement
Young Adult Librarian (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 11, 2013
I didn't realize how great it was to work here until I left and moved out of state. It was wonderful being part of NYPL. I especially liked working with the people of NYC. The benefits were outrageously good, I don't believe many citizens receive benefits like this anymore.