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The New York Public Library Motor Vehicle Operator in Long Island City, New York

Motor Vehicle Operator

Department: BookOps

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: Library Services Center

Reporting To: Javier Velez

Compensation: $39,962 / year


Job Summary

The BookOps Logistics Distribution Department is primarily responsible for picking up and delivering patron requested materials to 150 branches across 4 boroughs. This volume is in the range of 8 million circulating items per year, each of which are moved efficiently, supporting a 48 - hour turnaround time for patrons. This service level is a foundation of NYPL’s strategic goal of “More People Reading More”. It is made possible through the full staffing and leveraging of this unit. The unit also supports the physical logistics of countless projects aligned with Learning, Creating, and Reading such as Summer Reading, Library Card Campaign, and MyLibraryNYC.


Reporting to the Manager of Sorting and Distribution, the Motor Vehicle Operator is responsible for:

  • Picking up and delivering all library materials including print and non-print materials, mail, films, office equipment and other library supplies

  • Loading and unloading materials, including heavy objects, at all sites

  • Delivering parcels on foot when motor vehicles are not available or inoperative

  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspection daily

  • Maintaining the interior and exterior of the vehicle, keeping it clean and in safe operating condition

  • Performing minor and basic maintenance, including checking all fluid levels, tires, lights, and adding fluids as needed

  • Performing related duties as required

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Certifications

  • High school diploma or high school equivalency

  • Valid Class “B” Commercial Drivers License preferred

  • Driver's License and good driving record.

Required Experience

  • Medical certificate allowing for interstate deliveries preferred

  • Geographic knowledge of New York City

  • Experience working with electronic/manual pallet and floor jacks, hand trucks, and other materials moving devices and carts

  • Experience operating medium duty trucks in a city environment

Required Skills

  • Demonstrates the ability to operate library trucks and other fleet vehicles

  • Demonstrates the ability to perform basic maintenance and repairs of motor vehicles

  • Ability to follow and understand oral and written instructions

  • Good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required

  • Experience with lifting and properly handling heavy materials

  • Demonstrated flexibility, reliability, punctuality and attention to detail

Decision-Making Responsibilities:

  • Ability to adjust route depending on traffic or roadwork

  • Contact Supervisor when there is no access to a branch

  • Notifying Supervisor when vehicles need repair


Please Note: Effective August 2, 2021, absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager. The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors. The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice. Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues

  • Be Resourceful in solving problems

  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive

Work Environment

  • Driving Library vehicles

  • Warehouse setting

  • Outdoors

  • Library branches

Physical Duties

  • Lifting up to 50 lbs. Required

  • Requires travel within NYC

  • Operates heavy machinery

Pre-Placement Physical Required?


Union/Non Union

Local 374

FLSA Status



  • 40 hours per week

  • Overtime as required

  • Schedule subject to change