Librarians appraise, obtain, index, collate and make available library acquisitions and organise and control other library services.


  • Provides learning and cultural experiences through events such as author talks, reading groups, formal and informal teaching.
  • Promotes library services through displays and talks.
  • Manages library borrowing and inter-library loan facilities.
  • Establishes information storage systems to deal with queries and to maintain up to date records.
  • Identifies the information needs of clients, seeks out and evaluates information sources.
  • Prepares and circulates abstracts, bibliographies, book lists, etc..
  • Collects, classifies and catalogues information, books and other material.
  • Selects and arranges for the acquisition of books, periodicals, audio-visual and other material.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 27% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for librarian is £24,707

693 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 693. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for librarian roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,707 per year. That is about £2,059 per month or £12.67 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,013, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £43,430

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 693 people are employed in the region.

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