Library Assistant

Compile records, sorts and shelve books.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Library Assistants do?

Compiles records, sorts and shelves books, and issues and receives library materials, such as books, films, slides, and phonograph records: Records identifying data and due date on cards by hand or using photographic equipment to issue books to patrons. Inspects returned books for damage, verifies due-date, and computes and receives overdue fines. Reviews records to compile list of overdue books and issues overdue notices to borrowers. Sorts books, publications, and other items according to classification code and returns them to shelves, files, or other designated storage area. Locates books and publications for patrons. Issues borrower’s identification card according to established procedures. Files cards in catalog drawers according to system. Repairs books, using mending tape and paste and brush, and places plastic covers on new books. Answers inquiries of nonprofessional nature on telephone and in person and refers persons requiring professional assistance to LIBRARIAN 100.127-014. May type material cards or issue cards and duty schedules. May be designated according to type of library as Bookmobile Clerk; Branch-Library Clerk; or according to assigned department as Library Clerk, Art Department.


Should I be a Library Assistant?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Assistant Librarian, Cataloging Assistant, Catalog Library Assistant, Desk Attendant, Interlibrary Loan Specialist See More

    How to become a Library Assistant

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