Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Library positions which are open and for which applicants are sought are advertised in local newspapers, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System website, and other regional library publications. Those people whose skills and credentials most closely match what we are seeking will be contacted for interviews. Employees are selected solely on the basis of merit and in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. The Thomas Ford Memorial Library is an equal opportunity employer. Appointments are made by the Library Director and are subject to approval by the Library Board.

More about working at Thomas Ford may be learned from its personnel policy. Personnel Policy [PDF].

Applicants seeking nonprofessional positions at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library should complete the application form. Application for Employment. When completed, please submit the form at the Circulation Desk.

Current Positions

Children’s Services Librarian

Full-time position assisting the Head of Children’s Services in the operation and development of the Children’s Services Department. Involves working directly with the public. Must be able to provide uniformly consistent, gracious, and friendly service to Library users. Responsible for: collection development; technology within the Children’s Department; displays and publicity materials for the Department; and planning and conducting of some of the story hours, craft programs, and special activities. Regularly scheduled to work the Children’s Reference Desk. Instructs and assists patrons and staff in the use of electronic and print resources. Serves as liaison to the schools. Must possess strong command of the English language with proven writing and editing skills; considerable ability to work with people of all ages in a friendly, approachable, and tactful manner; advanced Internet searching skills; and demonstrated artistic ability.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited graduate school required. One year’s experience in public library children’s services department including reference work. Evening and weekend hours are required. Must have access to transportation.

Starting salary: $40,000+ annually, depending on experience.

Please send cover letter and resume with three references resume to: Uma Nori, Head of Children’s Services, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558, or by email to at

Children’s Services Assistant, Part-time

We are seeking an energetic, creative and outgoing individual who enjoys working with children. The position (9 hours per week including daytime hours and nighttime hours plus weekend rotation) involves dealing directly with the public in a variety of ways, providing reference and reader’s advisory services, helping with the copy machine, answering the phone, and assisting with departmental displays and programs. Excellent customer service skills are required as well as current knowledge of children’s and young adult literature. Strong computer and keyboarding skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, internet and database search skills and troubleshooting computers required. Must be able to empathize with and relate to the needs of children; demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; work with great accuracy and attention to detail to complete tasks; bend, stoop, lift, and carry/push a fully loaded book cart.

Qualifications: Two years of college or LTA Certificate. One year’s experience working with children and caregivers. Must have access to transportation.

Starting salary: $12.15 an hour.

Please send cover letter and resume with three references to: Uma Nori, Head of Youth Services, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558, or by email to