So you want to be a bookseller...

We are not currently hiring, but you can always send your resume to and we will keep it on file. 

Bookseller Job Description:

Must be comfortable working with the public and in a fast paced environment. 

 We are an equal opportunity employer. We have a staff diverse in age, gender, race and class, and persons of color and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We require all booksellers to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Bookseller Duties include:

Providing Friendly, Accurate and Consistent Customer Service, which includes

  • Completing customer transactions from start to finish, through our website, over the phone and in person.
  • Processing online orders - this includes picking books from the shelves, placing them on hold, attending to curbside pickup, packaging books to be shipped, etc.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of books to customers through handselling & offering staff picks.
  • Keeping up to date on current popular books
  • Taking and relaying accurate phone messages

Helping to manage inventory, which includes

  • Receiving, shelving and merchandising books and other items in all areas of the store.
  • Sometimes carrying boxes of books
  • Sometimes carrying books up and down stairs

Helping to clean all areas of the bookstore, both public and staff-only.

Other duties as needed

What We're Looking For:


  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy  - We'll train you to use our quirky inventory system, but it's best if you have a good beginning.
  • Capacity to spend 6-7 hours standing
  • General knowledge of books & literature for readers of all ages


  • Precision
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Focus
  • Initiative
  • Self sufficiency
  • Flexibility

Left Bank Books serves a diverse community – readers. You should have an appreciation and respect for people of all races, genders, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, etc.

Age minimum: 18 years

What We Offer:
We're an independent bookstore, so you won't get rich working here. Our salaries are modest, but we do provide some perks to make up for it.
  • We allow a monthly book credit for each of our booksellers.
  • Our employees receive a discount on books they purchase.
  • Full-time employees receive free health care and dental benefits.
  • Full-time employees receive vacation time after one year of service.
  • Many of our booksellers are poets, artists, teachers and activists. You're sure to find kindred spirits here.
  • You'll have the opportunity to meet many fascinating authors as they tour through St. Louis.