How to become a Library Assistant

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

Personal requirements of a Library Assistant

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Library Assistant

Library assistants: • 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 for a Library Assistant

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

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 4.5%

NSW NSW 31.3%

NT NT 0.3%

QLD QLD 40.6%

SA SA 6.2%

TAS TAS 2.6%

VIC VIC 9.7%

WA WA 4.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 12.2%

Female 87.8%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 8.6%

20-24 - 1.6%

25-34 - 10.3%

35-44 - 17.8%

45-54 - 26%

55-59 - 11.9%

60-64 - 19%

65 and Over - 4.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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