Library Assistant


Library assistants maintain, sort, issue and receive library items such as books, magazines, tapes, films and associated records.

Duties & Tasks

Library assistants may perform the following tasks:

  • sort material according to classification or catalogue numbers and return library materials to shelves or other storage areas
  • issue items from library collections to borrowers and record identification data and due dates
  • check records to compile lists of overdue items
  • inspect returned items for damage and make minor repairs where required
  • issue identification cards to borrowers
  • answer telephone enquiries
  • assist librarians and library technicians with information enquiries
  • assist with outreach services, such as a home library service for people who are not able to visit the library due to illness or disability
  • assist customers in finding physical and online materials
  • perform inter-library loan functions.

Working Conditions

Library assistants work as part of a team under the supervision of librarians or library technicians. They are often responsible for daily library operations.

Personal Requirements

  • aptitude for working with computers
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good organisational skills
  • good communication skills
  • able to work under pressure
  • good customer service skills.

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