Become a Shelver

All applicants for shelver positions with the St. Louis Public Library must be at least 16 years of age.

The starting pay for shelvers is $10.00 per hour.  Shelver positions are considered temporary, part-time and do not offer benefits.

Individuals interested in applying for shelver positions must take a two-part test:

  • Name Finding (Tests ability to work quickly and accurately with alphabetical detail)
  • Number Perception (Tests ability to work quickly and accurately with numerical data)

Each test is timed at four minutes with adequate time provided for practice prior to the actual test.

The shelver test is given at the Library’s Human Resource office located at 1415 Olive Street (downtown) every Wednesday afternoon, beginning promptly at 4:00pm.  Late arrivals will not be admitted to the testing.

An employment application must be completed prior to taking the test.  Applications are available from the Human Resource office.

Applicants retesting must show proof of identity picture identification.

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Thank you for your interest in employment with the St. Louis Public Library.

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