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Main Library Security Worker, Part-time

We’re seeking to hire a Main Library Security Worker, Part-time!

(VAC# 2317-16)

Richland Library is seeking a skilled candidate to promote safety and security of library premises, property, customers and staff at the Main Library. The ideal candidate has two years of recent security or law enforcement experience, is organized and able to communicate clearly and concisely, has a sharp mind and an eye for detail. This individual enjoys assisting others and ensures everyone’s safety on his or her watch. Are you ready to learn about the unique Security needs of the Library?

If you feel like you are the right person for this position, we encourage you to apply!

All Richland Library employees are committed to:

  • Effectively demonstrating characteristics of being energetic, outgoing, and strongly customer-service oriented, including the application of Richland Library’s customer engagement standards.
  • Greeting customers & successfully ascertaining individualized needs and/or requirements for each customer.
  • Engaging, encouraging, and assisting diverse customers in all areas of the Library in a welcoming, professional, and respectful manner.
  • Here are some of the things you would be doing if hired for this position:

  • Patrolling all interior & exterior grounds to protect premises, property, & equipment; moving constantly & quickly between areas as appropriate; grounds include all areas of main library, & all exterior areas controlled by library, including parking areas, walks, landscape, & vehicles; exterior work involves a wide range of climate, including extremes of climate; “move constantly” entails primarily walking but also frequent stooping, bending, reaching, & stairs.
  • Carefully observing all unusual activities & behavior on library property, & responding appropriately; “observing” requires mobility, & adequate sight & hearing; “responding” involves decision-making, judgment, & knowledge of policies & procedures.
  • Responding to fire & burglar alarms after hours, when informed by alarm company, police, or supervisor; requires immediately available, reliable transportation to the necessary locations.
  • Assisting customers & staff in emergency situations relating to security & safety; physical exertion, lifting, carrying, grasping, stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching, pulling, pushing, seeing, hearing.
  • Interpreting, communicating, and enforcing library policies, procedures, & rules to customers, security workers, & other staff.
  • Communicating information related to safety, security, and library-general information; present a positive image of library to general public; speaking, hearing, judgment, tact, knowledge, job ability, & appropriate professional appearance.
  • Dealing effectively & appropriately with disorderly customers whenever necessary, including, as needed: effectively correcting them, removing them, preventing harm to property or persons, & notifying law enforcement as appropriate; knowledge of policy & procedure; physical exertion, lifting, carrying, grasping, reaching, pulling, pushing, balancing, good judgment, & tact.
  • Maintaining appropriate security reports & records.
  • Assisting with administering emergency First Aid to staff and customers.
  • Assisting with monitoring & administering staff parking.
  • Assisting library staff in limited aspects of their job duties, as needed.
  • Locating certain customers & relaying messages from outside callers, within appropriate guidelines.
  • Providing security to other Library locations & special events, as needed.
  • Performing other duties as required or assigned.
  • Interested in what you’ve seen so far? Here are the minimum requirements needed to be considered for this position:

  • Graduation from high school.
  • At least two years previous experience in security and/or law enforcement.
  • No record of conviction for criminal offense.
  • Drug free.
  • Ability to perform all job duties.
  • Valid Driver’s License, safe driving record and dependable transportation to any location as assigned.
  • Preference may be given for supervisory experience.
  • Basic information about the job: Location, salary, hours

  • Where: Safety and Security Dept.; ** 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Salary: $12.23 per hour
  • Hours: 20.50 hours per week: Sunday 1:45 – 6:15 pm; Monday – Thursday 5:15 – 9:15 pm
  • ** Richland Library may change location and schedule of any library job.

    This job involves being “on the move” in our libraries: It will include standing, walking, crouching, stooping, squatting, twisting, climbing, pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds, and lifting up to 25 pounds.

    Why the Richland Library?

  • Strong community support has allowed Richland Library to become the center of the community, providing resources and outstanding customer service that enhances the quality of life for all residents.
  • The Richland Library is an award-winning, forward-thinking public library system because of our exceptional, diverse staff, who are passionate about serving our community. Be a part of our team and change the way our customers work, play, create, and communicate.
  • We are guided by our shared Vision: “to enhance the quality of life for our entire community”; and by strategic objectives including advancing our community, having an engaged staff who make a significant positive difference, and enhancing the experience and outcomes of customers who interact with us.
  • Open Until Filled.

    Applicants will be notified by email once the position is filled.

    Please do not send your resume/cover letter separately; only materials submitted through our online system are reviewed, and you may attach your resume and/or cover letter with your online application.

    Click here to begin the application process

    The Richland Library is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. For more information about our Library system, explore the Richland Library website at