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Acquisitions Librarians


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.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Library Director or Library Science Educator

Manager of Acquisitions Department

Experienced Acquisitions Librarian

Acquisitions Librarian