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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
32%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
2%
8+
33%

Common Skill Sets

Teaching Experience
Interpersonal and Communication
Microsoft Office Software
Excellent Customer Service
Writing
Microsoft Office Suite
Professionalism
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Library Assistant Seniority Levels

L2
Library Assistant
$33,227/yr
Librarian
41% made the transition
Sales Representative
8% made the transition
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Library Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$33,227 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$23K
Median: $33K
$48K
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