Library Assistants issue, receive and shelve library items and maintain associated records.

Also known as: Library Attendant or Library Clerk.

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • issuing library items to borrowers and recording identification data and due dates
  • sorting and shelving returned items
  • locating and retrieving items on request
  • maintaining records and index systems
  • receiving overdue items, issuing overdue notices, and receiving fines
  • inspecting returned items for damage and making minor repairs
  • assisting with the preparation of displays and promotional activities
  • may prepare catalogued items for shelving

All Library Assistants

  • $1,118 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 7,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 29% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 87% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Library Assistants (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 7,200 in 2018 to 6,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Library Assistants work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,118 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (29%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 87% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20087700
200910100
20108500
20118100
20127100
20137200
20146400
20154800
20167100
20176800
20187200
20236900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11181460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training46.8
Public Administration and Safety28.7
Information Media and Telecommunications21.6
Other Services0.7
Other Industries2.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.431.6
VIC16.325.6
QLD28.320.0
SA10.57.0
WA8.010.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.91.0
ACT2.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.7-5.05.0
20-247.8-9.39.3
25-3411.0-22.922.9
35-4415.6-22.022.0
45-5426.4-21.621.6
55-5914.6-9.09.0
60-6411.8-6.06.0
65 and Over7.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.4-21.121.1
Year 1219.9-18.118.1
Year 116.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with Australian Library and Information Association may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Library Assistants who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and self-manage.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    73% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    58% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    57% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Geography

    44% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Electronic Mail

    91% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    89% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Contact With Others

    86% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

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