Job Openings at the Athens County Public Libraries

Athens Library Manager

The Athens County Public Libraries seek a full time (35 hours per week) Branch Manager for the Athens Public Library in Athens, OH. This position is responsible for library services delivered to patrons at the Athens Public Library; including scheduling, supervision, and evaluation of library staff; planning and booking library programs based on patron and staff input; and formulating goals and objectives for the branch library within the scope of system policies.

Athens is a vibrant and progressive “rural-cosmopolitan” community of 25,000 located approximately 75 miles from Columbus, Ohio, the state’s capital. It is home to Ohio University, a state university of over 20,000 students from every state in the nation and about 100 other countries, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as a four-year program in osteopathic medicine. As a college town, the community hosts a wide variety of arts and cultural events year-round and many unique restaurants, wineries, and breweries. The area is also known for its scenic beauty, and features a national forest, state parks, and a 21-mile paved recreation path that connects the cities of Athens and Nelsonville. Recreation opportunities abound, including hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and canoeing on the Hocking River and surrounding lakes.

The Athens Public Library was established as a branch of the Nelsonville Library in 1940. Until then, the library’s board felt that the citizens of Athens were being served by the university’s library. However, it realized that the county library could offer a different type of material from that currently available on campus. The Athens branch opened on May 1, 1940 in rooms rented at 17 W. Union St. The library’s current building at 30 Home Street was erected in 1992 and expanded in 2002. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to building on and further developing the library’s relationship to this active and engaged community.

Candidates must have a college degree at the bachelor’s level or equivalent library experience, and 2 years of professional experience in a library or education setting. Candidates holding an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution are preferred. Salary begins at $18.00 per hour and is negotiable depending on qualifications. Click here for a complete job description. To apply send a resume and cover letter to Applications received by January 1, 2019 will receive first consideration. Questions should be directed to, no calls please.

The Athens County Public Libraries are an equal opportunity employer providing employment opportunities for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, veteran/military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.