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Library clerks and assistants classify, sort and file publications, documents, audio-visual and computerised material in libraries and offices.


  • Sorts, catalogues and maintains library records
  • Locates and retrieves material on request for borrowers
  • Issues library material and records date of issue/ due date for return
  • Classifies, labels and indexes new books
  • Performs simple repairs on old books.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades or A-Levels/H grades. Training is usually provided on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Information and Library Services are available at Levels 2 and 3.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £21,000 per annum and can progress up to £22,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 3,525 employed Library Clerks & Assistants in the region.