Graduate Library Assistants (GLAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) have professional responsibilities in UNT’s four libraries. The program is open to full-time Master’s, Doctoral, and Certificate of Advanced Studies (post-Masters) students in a variety of majors.

Types of Appointments

Regular Assistantships

We offer rewarding experience working directly with library users or behind-the-scenes to meet the information needs of our community. Positions are salaried, half-time appointments with nine-month contracts providing stipends and benefits. Most graduate assistants begin work in the fall and are contractually obligated to complete 732 work hours by May 31 of the academic year. However, some positions open later in the school year and therefore bear a reduced stipend and require fewer hours to complete. Salaries are set according to the pay scale developed by the Provost's office. The compensation plan includes three tiers, rewarding students for advancing toward completion of their degrees.

Dependent upon funding, summer appointments may be available. Summer appointments are non-salaried, half-time appointments paid at an hourly rate with limited benefits eligibility.

Grant-funded​ Assistantships

We offer exciting opportunities to participate in research, administration, software development, writing, or other specialized activities related to fulfillment of grant requirements. Positions are usually salaried, half-time appointments providing stipends and benefits. Duration of employment and required skills will vary with each grant. Salaries are set according to the pay scale developed by the Provost's office. The compensation plan includes three tiers, rewarding students for advancing toward completion of their degrees.


  • Insurance coverage. For plan rates and eligibility, see the Business Service Center's Graduate Student Insurance Benefits page. It is your responsibility to sign up for insurance. After you are hired, you will receive an e-mail from the HR Benefits Department regarding how to enroll. Please note that the effective date for health insurance coverage is the first of the month following the 90th day of employment.
  • Out-of-state tuition waiver for qualified international or out-of-state students. Information about Tuition and Fee Waivers is available from UNT's Student Accounting & University Cashiering Services.
  • Work as a GLA/GRA may qualify library and information science students for a waiver of the field experience (practicum) requirement.

During periods of summer hourly employment, benefits eligibility may be limited:

  • Continuing GLAs/GRAs maintain insurance coverage through the mandatory premium reserve program.
  • GLAs/GRAs who begin employment in the summer are not eligible for insurance benefits during the summer.
  • Out-of-state tuition waivers are not available for summer GLA/GRA employment.

Typical Assignments

Depending upon current openings, a variety of assignments may be available to you. Some examples are:

  • Administrative support
  • Archival processing
  • Cataloging
  • Database maintenance
  • Digital curation
  • Digitization
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Instruction
  • Preparation of curriculum guides
  • Preservation of library materials
  • Reference services
  • Research and assessment
  • Software development
  • Web site maintenance

Work Schedules

Work schedules vary according to assignment. See individual position descriptions for details.

Available Positions

Please see the main jobs page for a list of currently available positions.

Application Process for Graduate Assistantships

To participate in the Libraries' graduate assistant program, you must be a full-time graduate student. We welcome a variety of majors into the program, but some jobs may require specific subject specialties. See individual position descriptions for additional required qualifications or training. You may apply for as many positions as you wish.


First, apply to the Libraries' graduate assistant program by providing the following documents.  Submit these documents only once.  We will keep them on file. 

  • Your resume
  • A current, original, official transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation about your professional capabilities

If you wish to claim veteran's preference, you should also submit a UPO-9D form along with applicable documentation such as your DD214.

Then, for each position that interests you, submit:

  • A cover letter describing your qualifications. Write one letter for each position. Clearly state the position title in each letter.
  • Any additional required application materials listed in the specific job descriptions

We will hold your application until all parts have arrived.

How to Submit

Required Item Format Submission Method
Official Transcript Hard Copy Regular Mail
Letters of Recommendation Hard Copy or Electronic Regular Mail or E-mail
Resume Electronic E-mail*
Veteran's Preference Materials (if any) Hard Copy or Electronic Regular Mail or E-mail
Cover Letter(s) Electronic E-mail*
Position-specific Materials (if any) Electronic E-mail*

*Your e-mail must include the phrase "GLA/GRA A​pplication 2014" in the subject line.

Submission Address

Susan Paz (
University of North Texas Libraries
1155 Union Circle #305190
Denton, TX 76203-5017