Children's Librarians

Librarian Helping Children

Children's librarians oversee the daily operations of the children's department of public and private libraries and school libraries. They purchase books, periodicals, music and films, and other informational material, and prepare them for circulation. Children's librarians also serve as instructors and mentors to students. In addition, they conduct activities to introduce children to different types of literature. These activities include story time, reading challenges, book discussions, and outreach projects. Children’s librarians may also be called children’s services managers and youth services librarians. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2015, there were approximately 131,550 librarians (including children's librarians) are employed in the United States and 50,210 children's librarians employed in elementary and secondary schools.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Children’s Services Managers, Youth Services Librarians
Duties Manage the daily operations of the children’s department at libraries; research and purchase resources; prepare and lead story time and other activities; manage staff
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History
Experience Teaching experience helpful
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Children’s Library Director
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Assistant Children’s Librarian
  • Library Assistant or Technician