What do they 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.

Also known as:

Access Services Assistant, Acquisitions Assistant, Administrative Library Assistant, Catalog Library Assistant, Cataloging Assistant, Circulation Assistant, Circulation Clerk, Circulation Representative, Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Librarian Assistant, Library Aide, Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Circulation Assistant, Library Circulation Clerk, Library Clerical Assistant, Library Clerk, Library Media Assistant, Library Page, Library Serials Assistant, Library Services Assistant, Library Specialist, Media Assistant, Page, Public Services Assistant, Reference Assistant, Technical Services Assistant

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Library Assistants, Clerical is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • -0.4%


    Ranks #34 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (2%)
  • Master's degree  (12%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (35%)
  • Associate's degree  (13%)
  • Some college, no degree  (23%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (14%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Sort materials or products.
  • Maintain security.
  • Track goods or materials.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Refer customers to appropriate personnel.
  • Distribute materials to employees or customers.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects.
  • Calculate financial data.
  • Maintain inventory records.
  • Sort mail.
  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Type documents.
  • Issue documentation or identification to customers or employees.
  • Manage clerical or administrative activities.
  • Process library materials.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Send information, materials or documentation.
  • Collect deposits, payments or fees.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Plan special events.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Supervise clerical or administrative personnel.
  • Prepare employee work schedules.
  • Repair books or other printed material.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Maintain electronic equipment.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers.
  • Package objects for shipping.
  • Develop computer or online applications.
  • Store records or related materials.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Provide customer service to clients or users.
  • Prepare research or technical reports.
  • Deliver items.
  • Arrange items for use or display.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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