Library clerk or assistant

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


  • Performs simple repairs on old books.
  • Classifies, labels and indexes new books.
  • Issues library material and records date of issue/ due date for return.
  • Locates and retrieves material on request for borrowers.
  • Sorts, catalogues and maintains library records.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 40% 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 library clerk or assistant is £16,887

491 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 491. 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 library clerk or assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,887 per year. That is about £1,407 per month or £8.66 per hour. New workers generally start on £3,272, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,380

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, 491 people are employed in the region.

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