Practicums for Library School Students

Library school  graduate students can get   real-world experience before graduation at the Champaign Public Library. We’re  fast-paced,  serve all kinds of people,  focus on high-demand materials,  and offer lots of free events.

A practicum is a great way to:

  • Acquire experience to make your resume stand out
  • Get mentoring now — and job references later
  • Learn practical skills
  • Find out if public libraries are for you

Choose your focus:

Adult Services

  • Develop skills in handling multiple requests
  • Answer reference questions in person, by   phone,   and over live chat
  • Recommend books,  movies,  and   music
  • Assist with computer and technology questions
  • Help   customers navigate  our  online  catalog   to find   library   materials
  • Assist customers with accessing ebooks and online  resources
  • Work with our Business Librarian, Career Services Librarian,  or Technology Librarian to plan, prepare,  and present a special project

To learn more, contact:
Eva Liu, Adult Services Librarian,  at 217/403-2075 or

Children’s Services

  • Focus on birth through high school students
  • Help develop our tremendously popular children’s collection
  • Go with us to classrooms and daycares
  • Work in our beautiful program room, children’s discovery area, and TeenSpace
  • Recommend books to children and teens — and parents, too
  • Offer reference services to kids, teens, teachers, and caregivers
  • Offer children’s and teen programs and reading clubs

To learn more, contact:
Mike Rogalla, Children’s Services Manager, at 217/403-2000 or

Douglass Branch Library

  • See what’s unique about a neighborhood-focused branch library
  • Get a great range of experiences; branch staffers get to do everything!
  • Learn more about  planning   programs and activities, especially for children
  • Be on a first-name basis with a diverse group of patrons

To learn more, contact:
Amanda Raklovits, Children’s Librarian, at 217/403-2090 or


Many library school students choose to volunteer at Champaign Public Library. If you think volunteering might be right for you, please check our volunteer opportunities.

Questions? Ask Us.