Acquisitions Librarians

Librarian Working on Computer

Acquisitions librarians build and maintain library collections, which include print items, such as books and periodicals, digital items, such as CD-ROMs and DVDs, electronic resources, such as e-books and databases, as well as music, art, and other resources available to library patrons. Acquisitions librarians are also called collection development librarians and collection development specialists. Acquisitions librarians are employed by all types of libraries, though the majority work in academic libraries.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Collection Development Librarians, Collection Development Specialists
Duties Build and maintain library collections, which include books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, DVDs, e-books, databases, music, art, and other resources available to library patrons
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the United States
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Volunteer or part-time work in a library
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Library Director or Library Science Educator
  • Manager of Acquisitions Department
  • Experienced Acquisitions Librarian
  • Acquisitions Librarian