Why Work at BPL

Burnaby Public Library is an urban library system of four branches that serves a diverse and changing community of more than 230,000.

BPL is big enough to give you opportunities to advance your skills, knowledge and career, yet small enough for you to get to know your colleagues in all four branches. We support and motivate staff to develop and grow.

At BPL, you can be a member of a committed team of staff who:

  • are committed to meeting the needs of our highly diverse community by emphasizing a community development approach to service design and delivery
  • have a strong commitment to in-person service
  • take pride in our broad and deep collections

We believe that diversifying our team makes our organization stronger and more reflective of the community we serve. We seek people who embrace empathy and bring different experiences and perspectives.

Current Opportunities

Picard Trust Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the Picard Trust Awards. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022.

Types of Positions

Building Service Worker

Building Service Workers' duties include janitorial and minor maintenance work related to the building and grounds of a library branch. BSWs may also be required to drive a delivery vehicle.

Qualifications

  • Completion of grade 8
  • Completion of a building service worker course is preferred

Applications

Applications are available online at each branch.

Application - Building Service Worker [PDF]

Librarian

Librarians at BPL work in a variety of roles, including reference, readers' advisory, programming, community engagement, selection, technology, cataloguing and collection management. Librarians work in the community and in all four library branches. Librarian duties may also include the supervision of other staff.

Qualifications

A master's degree in librarianship from an ALA accredited university is required.

Applications

Applications are available online at each branch.

Application - Librarian [PDF]

Library Information Clerk

Library Information Clerks work in a variety of positions including at public information desks, in circulation departments, processing new materials in our acquisitions or cataloguing department, preforming various administrative duties, or providing delivery service to patrons at their homes.

Qualifications

Completion of grade 12, preferably supplemented by commercial courses.

Applications

Applications are available online at each branch.

Application - Library Clerk [PDF]

Page (shelver)

Pages shelve returned library materials and keep all items in order on the shelves. Pages tidy the library gathering all materials used by patrons and returning them to the proper areas.

Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

Applications

Applications are available online at each branch. Complete and submit an application form for the branch you want to work in:

Application - Page - Bob Prittie Metrotown [PDF]

Application - Page - Cameron [PDF]

Application - Page McGill [PDF]

Application - Page Tommy Douglas [PDF]

How to Apply

To apply for a position under "Current Opportunities", follow the application instructions in the job posting.

For generic applications, there are three ways to apply:

  • Email your application to careers@bpl.bc.ca
  • Drop off your application in-person to any BPL location
  • Mail your application to us at:

Burnaby Public Library
Human Resources
6100 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby BC V5H 4N5

For general inquires, email careers@bpl.bc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in Burnaby Public Library. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All external applicants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of hire. External applicants who are not able to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine for a reason related to a personal characteristic protected by the BC Human Rights Code can request an accommodation at any time during the recruitment process.

Burnaby Civic Employees' Union

Employees in non-managerial positions are members of Burnaby Civic Employees' Union (CUPE 23, Library Division). Visit their website for information on collective agreements, wage schedules, and more.