What does a Librarian do?

A librarian is the first point of contact for visitors visiting the library. They maintain the inventory of the library and conduct periodic audits of the information on file. Librarians teach visitors how to use the electronic database and its functions while implementing new programs to attract visitors of different demographics, such as socials and author signings. Librarians may work in a public library or in a public, private academic setting.

Most librarians hold a Master's of Library Science degree and must have 5+ years' experience working in a public library. A clean background and ability to pass a drug screening is needed. Generally, successful librarians are detail-oriented with strong customer service and communications skills.

What responsibilities are common for Librarian jobs?
  • Check books and other materials in and out of the library
  • Read stories to groups of children
  • Support visitors with finding reference materials and leisure reading materials when requested
  • Direct visitors on how to use electronic databases and their functions
  • Teach a variety of skills to students, including research skills through varying databases
  • Respond to information requests that are in person, over the phone or via email
  • Manage patrons' access to all online resources
  • Ensure a quiet environment
What are the typical qualifications for Librarian jobs?
  • 5+ years' experience working in a public or private library
  • Proficient experience working with electronic databases of library materials
  • Clean background and ability to pass a drug screening
  • Knowledge of library trends and issues
  • Working knowledge of general library practices, acquisitions, and supervision of library staff
  • Superior attention to detail and strong customer service and communications skills
  • Proficiency in working effectively independently
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible, creative and innovative when teaching students and creating new programs
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Librarian make?

Confident
$78,946 /yr
Total Pay
$48,134
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$30,813
 /yr

Additional Pay

$78,946

 / yr
$35K$536K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Librarian Career Path

Learn how to become a Librarian, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Librarian
$78,946/yr
L3
L4
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
48%
5 - 7
13%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Librarian Insights

Read what Librarian professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Neumann CollegeNeumann College
Librarian
Dec 27, 2019

“Doesn't pay well and they take 5% of your already meager pay for your retirement account automatically.”

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Librarian
Mar 30, 2022

“It is a fun job when your ideas and motivation isn’t crushed by management.”

Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya MandirSri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir
Librarian
Nov 28, 2021

“Salary is really good and on time”

New Brunswick GovernmentNew Brunswick Government
Reference Librarian
Jun 15, 2021

“Schedule changes at last minute.”

Boston UniversityBoston University
Librarian
Mar 2, 2021

“My supervisor tried telling the administration I felt this way but they just didn't care.”

Telfair County Library
Associate Librarian
Jul 18, 2021

“Starting pay is based on Georgia state minimum wage regardless of level of education or experience.”

New Brunswick Free Public LibraryNew Brunswick Free Public Library
Librarian
Jul 20, 2020

“I liked my coworkers and the library was nice.”

Yale UniversityYale University
Librarian III
May 28, 2021

“Good pay compared to many library jobs and decent benefits.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Librarian

When working as a Librarian, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Evaluating, Conducting, Excellent Communication, Filing, and Electronic Resources.

The most similar professions to Librarian are:
  • Library Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a Librarian include a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Library Assistant
$57,151
No skills overlap
Office Manager
$61,231
Executive Assistant
$69,258
Administrative Assistant
$67,157
No skills overlap

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