Library Technicians

Library Technician at Circulation Desk

Library technicians, sometimes called library technical assistants, work in all areas of library services, supporting professional librarians or working independently to help people access information. They order and catalog books, help library patrons locate materials, and make the library's services and facilities readily available. Technicians verify bibliographic information on orders, and perform basic cataloging of materials received. They answer routine questions about library services and refer questions requiring professional help to librarians. Technicians also help with circulation desk operations and oversee the work of stack workers, library aides, and other clerical workers. They circulate audiovisual equipment and materials and inspect items upon return. Approximately 94,170 library technicians are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Academic Library Technicians, Acquisitions Technicians, Automated System Technicians, Catalogers, Children's Library Technicians, Circulation Counter Attendants, Classifiers, Database Designers, Information Technicians, Library Technical Assistants, Media Technicians, Reference Library Technicians, School Library Media Specialists, School Library Technicians, Young-Adult Library Technicians
Duties Perform a variety of support duties in libraries such as helping library patrons locate materials, performing basic cataloging duties, checking library materials in and out, and overseeing the work of library aides and other clerical workers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Librarian
  • Library Technician
  • Library Assistant