We're Hiring!

The Open Library team is seeking an experienced Python developer to join our small, experienced team. Born in 2007, Open Library is a large, wiki-editable library catalog and all our data and software is open. We want to enhance the way data moves in and out of Open Library by building features that make it simple for people to contribute records to the library as well as extracting them. We want to connect our records to as many online resources as possible, to be the locus for information about books online.

You will be responsible for core application development (running a system called Infogami) as well as development of new website features. You will review and enhance the Open Library’s current API offering, as well as looking out on to the broader web to find and develop useful API integrations back into Open Library. Learn more at the Open Library system at http://www.openlibrary.org/developers.

Must haves:

  • Software engineering experience, 3-5 years
  • Mad Python skillz
  • Applied use of PostgreSQL, Ubuntu/Linux, JavaScript/AJAX
  • Demonstrable working code online
  • Experience with triplestore database architecture; RDF/XML formats
  • Experience with open-source development projects and practice
  • Ability to work under your own supervision towards a shared outcome
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


  • Wikipedia hacks
  • Experience using GitHub or similar
  • Demonstrable, creative API integration projects, preferably with mashes from more than one system
  • A presence in the Python community
  • An interest in excellent user interface design
  • Experience working with SOLR/Lucene
  • Experience with data processing (we have millions of records)!
  • Experience working in teams dispersed around the world
  • Interest in data visualisation
  • Located in, or prepared to relocate to San Francisco

We’re working towards big goals at Open Library. The online presence of books is a very interesting space at the moment, ripe for an innovative outlook and wide integration with all sorts of other systems. If you enjoy breaking new ground, iterative development and huge datasets, please let us know!

How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to jennifer@archive.org with the subject line “Open Library Engineer”. We thank all applicants for their interest, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library committed to preserving the world’s digital cultural artifacts. Used by over 6 million people, this resource is becoming part of how the Internet works. Our job is to put the best humanity has to offer within reach of students, educators and the general public. Find out more about our organization and web archive at www.archive.org.

The Internet Archive is an equal opportunity employer.