Library Assistants, Clerical


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.8% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Library Assistants, Clerical Do

Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

Other Job Titles Library Assistants, Clerical May Have

Acquisitions Assistant, Cataloging Assistant, Library Aide, Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Circulation Assistant, Library Clerical Assistant, Library Clerk, Library Services Assistant

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Page (clerical) at local library ,

Bayport Blue Point Library

A great day at work would include putting books, magazines, CD's, and DVD's in the right order back onto the shelves where they came from. In addition to that, I would do some shifting (moving books around so that they can fit), shelf-reading (checking to see if the books are in the right order), and weeding (getting rid of old outdated books that no longer fit). I might also assist my boss in doing a community activity or a special library program!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audio-visual equipment.
  • Locate library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Answer routine inquiries and refer patrons in need of professional assistance to librarians.

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