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Library Assistant

Assist library patrons and support library functions.

What does a Library Assistant do?

Do you love libraries and helping people? Then the role of a library assistant may be right up your alley! Library assistants support many activities in public and academic libraries under the supervision of the library manager or librarian. As a library assistant, you are responsible for various functions in the library including reference services, interlibrary loan, and collection development. You work directly with the public in circulation services, conducting library instruction, and assisting patrons with library research.

Customer service and communication skills are vital since you help and teach patrons how to use library services and help people find the information they need at the library reference and circulation desks. Computer skills are important in this role since you may assist people on how to operate computers and equipment. You should have an understanding of library science and information literacy, which is the set of skills that people use to find, analyze, and use information effectively. You should also be comfortable with physical tasks such as lifting up to 20 pounds or shelving heavy books.

Most positions require a high school diploma or GED. Previous office or library work experience may be preferred, such as two years of clerical experience.