Library clerks and assistants


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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


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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Common job titles

Assistant (library)
Assistant, library
Assistant, clerical (library)
Assistant, services, bibliographic
Supervisor, library
Looker-out, book
Assistant, chief (library)
Assistant, information (educational establishments)
Clerk, library
Reader (press cutting agency)
Clerk (library)
Assistant, bibliographic
Assistant, counter (library)
Agent, cutting, press
Clerk, cuttings, press
Assistant, resource, learning
Assistant, archives
Attendant, library
Assistant, information (library)
Clipper, press (press cutting agency)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.