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The stereotype of library work is library staff sits around all day, reading books, and scowling at people who interrupt them.

That's just not the case, particularly in a modern public library.  Work in a public library is all about helping people.  Public is the important word in public library, and if you understand that, this might be the place for you.

Positions Available

  • Library Director

    The Valley City Barnes County Public Library is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the position of Library Director. The library, one of only three remaining original Carnegie libraries in North Dakota, serves approximately 10,500 residents in Valley City and Barnes County.

    Job Summary:
    The successful candidate will have fiscal management and public relations skills, strong problem-solving abilities, and the ability to effectively lead a team. Because this position works with a staff and the public, the candidate must have robust communication and interpersonal skills. A strong technological background with experience in computing, basic networking, and troubleshooting is required.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the activities and staff of the library in concert with the assistant director, working with the Library Board, evaluating data to make decisions and recommend policies, and creating and maintaining a welcoming environment for all community members. For a full description of duties please see the listing on

    A four-year degree is required. A Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited institution and/or graduate work in library science is preferred;
    or any combination of education, experience, or training as may be acceptable.

    Compensation: Dependent on experience/qualifications.

    The Community:
    Valley City, a community of about 6500 nestled into the Sheyenne River valley, is known for its many bridges and its natural beauty. The city is located 60 miles west of Fargo on Interstate 94 and is home to Valley City State University.

    Application Process:
    Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to

    Valley City Barnes County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Volunteering at the library

  • Are you interested in volunteering to help at the library? Please fill out the volunteer application below and return it to any member of staff. The library utilizes volunteers to help with special projects and events.

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