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.

What responsibilities are common for Library Assistant jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Library Assistant jobs?
  • 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
4.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Library Assistant make?

Confident
$37,168 /yr
Total Pay
$35,510
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$1,658
 /yr

Additional Pay

$37,168

 / yr
$26K$53K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Library Assistant Career Path

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

Library Assistant
$37,168/yr
Senior Library Assistant
$43,617/yr
Library Assistant

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
32%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
2%
8+
33%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Library Assistant Insights

Read what Library Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Duke UniversityDuke University
Senior Library Assistant
Aug 12, 2021

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

University of PortlandUniversity of Portland
Circulation Assistant
May 20, 2022

“I enjoyed the people I worked with and everyone was really laid back most of the time.”

Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University
Student Library Assistant
Aug 26, 2022

“It was minimum wage so it didn't really pay for rent but it does pay for groceries and gas.”

VitalAireVitalAire
Circulation
Feb 9, 2022

“Some managers give us terrible work and there is no proper guide line for exployee.”

Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles County
Library Aid
Jun 13, 2021

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

Worksmart DesignWorksmart Design
Library Intern
Jul 22, 2021

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

Utah Valley UniversityUtah Valley University
Library Aide
May 5, 2022

“I was very stressed when I had this job because I was a student worker and I was taking classes at the same time.”

San Bernardino CountySan Bernardino County
Library Assistant
Nov 7, 2022

“motivated person so I was able to learn a lot but it was mostly my doing and not because they provided me support.”

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Library Assistant Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Library Assistant

When working as a Library Assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Interpersonal and Communication, Microsoft Office Software, Excellent Customer Service, and Writing.

The most similar professions to Library Assistant are:
  • Librarian
  • Sales Representative
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Sales Manager

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

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$57,306
No skills overlap
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Regional Sales Manager
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