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.

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