What does a Library Assistant do?

Library assistants are usually the first point of contact for patrons visiting the library. Providing good customer service is a key part of the role. A library assistant assists librarians and library directors maintain the efficiency of the library by assisting with the clerical duties. These duties vary from receiving payments for fines, issuing library cards to updating existing registrations. Library assistants usually work at desks or computer terminals inside libraries in academic settings or a city's public library.

Most library assistants have a high school diploma or an equivalent. Library assistants who wish to eventually become librarians will need to receive both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in library science. Generally, successful librarian assistants possess exceptional interpersonal, verbal and communication skills.

  • Assist library visitors in finding what they need, in print and online
  • Checking materials in and out and catalog new items
  • Accurately shelve books when patrons return them and help process new material
  • Actively shelve returned items and arrange the repair of damaged materials
  • Organize IT access and solving user problems
  • Manage counter, phone, and email enquiries
  • Ensure copyright license agreements are followed
  • Shelving and maintaining the outreach collection
  • Previous in a clerical experience a plus
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail and good problem-solving ability
  • Great written and verbal communication
  • Ability to push and pull objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds or less
  • Working knowledge of library methods and procedures
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Library Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£20,905 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£15K
Median: £21K
£30K
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Library Assistant Career Path

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Library Assistant Insights

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Duke UniversityDuke University
Senior Library Assistant
12 Aug 2021

“The pay is abysmal for library assistants (it is better but not great for librarians and archivists).”

Worksmart DesignWorksmart Design
Library Intern
22 Jul 2021

“Working in such a great environment is just an added bonus to this great job.”

US National Archives and Records AdministrationUS National Archives and Records Administration
Archivist
17 Feb 2020

“Excellent opportunities to make a living in cultural heritage fields while supporting our democracy in action.”

Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles County
Library Aid
13 Jun 2021

“I have met many great people that have worked in the library which made the job really enjoyable.”

University of Texas at ArlingtonUniversity of Texas at Arlington
Military Archivist
15 Oct 2019

“Everyone I worked with was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.”

Middle Georgia Regional Library
Library Assistant
13 Sep 2021

“Everyone was always so kind and helpful.”

University of Northern IowaUniversity of Northern Iowa
Student Library Assistant
30 Jun 2020

“Flexible and nice people to work with.”

Port Washington Public Library
Part Time Library Page
12 Nov 2020

“I love the feeling that I'm helping people and part of one of the best things in Port Washington.”

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