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Librarian

Librarians run public and private libraries, managing access to books, multi-media resources and computers.

Annual Salary

£18,500 to £32,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; on shifts

3.5%
Future employment

There will be 3.5% more Librarian jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • manage staff, budgets and statistical returns
  • use IT systems to catalogue, classify and index stock
  • deal with counter, phone and email enquiries
  • organise IT access and solve user problems
  • keep up to date with new publications and select stock
  • make sure staff follow Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Copyright laws
  • promote library services through displays, talks and community events like reading clubs
  • attend meetings and conferences

Working environment

You could work at a library, at a school, at a university, at a college or in a prison.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information management accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

You'll need some practical experience, which you can get through an internship during your first degree or by volunteering at a library.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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Work

You could start as a library assistant or data officer with an information service. With experience, you could apply for certification through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and study for further qualifications while you work.

Other routes

You could join an employer's graduate training scheme and apply for chartership through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a librarian from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.

If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

You can find out more about becoming a librarian from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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