Library Assistants

From sorting to stacking to swiping, library assistants keep books, periodicals, and other resource materials organized and easily accessible. Do not let the job title fool you; these professionals are critical in helping libraries, media centers, research facilities, and other information-based organizations run smoothly and effectively. There are approximately 101,990 library assistants working in the United States. Library assistants may also be known as library aides, library technical assistants, media aides, library media assistants, and circulation assistant library clerks.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Braille-and-Talking-Books Clerks, Circulation Assistant Library Clerks, Library Aides, Library Media Assistants, Library Technical Assistants, Media Aides
Duties Help keep books, periodicals, and other resource materials organized and easily accessible at libraries
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Librarian
  • Experienced Library Assistant
  • Entry-Level Library Assistant

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