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 for 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 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 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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