1451 Library assistants and clerks

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Lead statement

Library assistants and clerks issue and receive library materials, sort and shelve books and provide general library information to users. They also perform clerical functions. Library clerks are employed by libraries or other establishments with library services.

Example Titles

  • circulation clerk – library
  • interlibrary loan clerk
  • library assistant
  • library page
  • periodicals clerk
  • reference clerk
  • shelving clerk – library

Main duties

Library assistants and clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Issue and receive library books and other materials
  • Sort and reshelve books and other library materials
  • Perform clerical activities such as manual and electronic filing and record payments received
  • Maintain journal subscriptions
  • Assist library users in accessing library materials and online resources, and in making interlibrary loans.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.

Additional information

  • Progression to more senior positions is possible with experience and post-secondary education related to library science.