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Library Assistant, Clerical

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Basic Certificate
$20,035

City Colleges Program Options

Library Technical Assistant

Nature of the Work

Library assistants typically:

  • Instruct patrons on how to use reference sources, card catalogs, and automated information systems.
  • Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audiovisual (AV) equipment.
  • Locate library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.
  • Answer routine inquiries, and refer patrons in need of professional assistance to librarians.
  • Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned, and file catalog cards according to system used.
  • Perform clerical activities, such as answering phones, sorting mail, filing, typing, word processing, and photocopying and mailing out material.
  • Process new materials including books, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
  • Provide assistance to librarians in the maintenance of collections of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual and other materials.
  • Take action to deal with disruptive or problem patrons.
  • Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.

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Career Disclaimer

Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.