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Library clerks and assistants

£13,000 Average salary at age 20
£23,920 Average Salary
34 Average hours per week


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

Main 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.


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 Library clerks and assistants studied in higher education

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What Library clerks and assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology2
(C8) Psychology4
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic4
(W3) Music2
(W8) Imaginative writing3
(V4) Archaeology2
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies14
(V9) Others in historical & philosophical studies1
(L2) Politics3
(P1) Information services8
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(I2) Information systems2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(Q2) Comparative literary studies1
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(V6) Theology & religious studies2
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(P3) Media studies2
(V1) History by period16
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

29300 Workforce Size
3.18% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
4418 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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