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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Librarian. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Librarian
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Librarian Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Librarians collect, organise and manage information in a variety of media: books, newspapers, periodicals, maps, pamphlets, film, DVDs, photographs, microfiche, CDs and cassettes along with online and CD-ROMs. Duties vary but generally include keeping up-to-date with new publications in all media, including those online; deciding what to add to the library to best suit users; cataloguing, classifying and indexing new stock; helping users to access material; face-to-face enquiry work; displaying materials and producing bulletins.

In a larger library, specific tasks such as buying stock or budgeting may be given to different members of staff. Librarians may be involved in supervising staff, planning and finance. Computers are used throughout the work.

Hours and Environment

Public library working covers normal office hours but often entails evening and weekend work. There are also opportunities for part-time work.

Generally, librarians work indoors, although some may be involved in driving a mobile library in rural areas. Some libraries are in new, purpose built premises whilst others are housed in old premises which can be cramped.

Skills and Interests

To work as a librarian you should:

  • be well organised
  • have good interpersonal skills
  • have a pleasant personality, tact and patience
  • have good IT skills, especially retrieval of infomation from databases and internet
  • be able to determine information/material requirements
  • be able to identify strategy to meet users complex information needs
  • be willing to get involved in designing computerised information systems including web sites and intranets.

Additionally, some librarians need specialised skills, for example, academic librarians will need specialised subject knowledge and other librarians may need teaching or group work skills.


Entrants to librarianship must have a first degree or postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Entry to degree courses usually requires a minimum of two A levels/Advanced Highers/three Higher grades and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) or equivalent qualifications. People with experience as library assistants are often admitted to the degree courses with vocational qualifications.

First degree courses last three or four years full-time or four to six years part-time. Subjects studied include: the nature and sources of information; the storage, retrieval and dissemination of information; information analysis; information management; and information technology.

There is a shortage of entrants with scientific or technical backgrounds, and a degree or training in the sciences, computer studies or a related area may be an advantage. Language skills can also be an asset.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Postgraduate diplomas and masters degrees accredited by CILIP are available. Such courses usually last one year full-time or two or three years part-time. Research degrees are also available, leading to a PhD or MPhil.

Postgraduate students will have a degree in any subject or training and experience acceptable to the university. Most postgraduate courses only accept students with a few months to a year̢۪s experience. Contact the institution for details.

CILIP is the Chartered professional body for librarians and information workers. It maintains a Register of Chartered Members in two categories: Chartered Members (MCLIP) and Fellows (FCLIP). Graduates can gain admission to the register as a Chartered Member. Most candidates complete an accredited course followed by one year''s professional work experience before they apply for membership of the register.

You may find your first job before becoming chartered but subsequently employers are likely to expect you to be chartered.


There are opportunities for librarians throughout the country in all sectors. Around a quarter of CILIP members work in public library services but opportunities in the private sector are increasing. A third of members work in further and higher education, government, industry and commerce. CILIP publishes vacancy information for members, graduates and final year undergraduates. Vacancies are also advertised in the Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Educational Supplement and national newspapers.

Some graduate librarians may take a job as a library assistant as their first rung on their career ladder. National or local public libraries have a formal promotion structure. In larger libraries, you can be promoted to senior posts with management responsibilities, or be given responsibility for a specialist service or collection. In smaller libraries you may need to be prepared to move for promotion.

Annual Income

This section is intended as a guideline only.

CILIP publishes a series of salary guides. In England and Wales, salaries for librarians working for a local authority range from £18,200 to £21,900.

Further information

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
7 Ridgmount Street
Tel: 020 7255 0500

The Association for Information Management (Aslib)
Information Resource Centre
Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue
EC47 0HP
Tel: 020 7583 8900

Other Useful Librarian Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Librarian job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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