Library Assistants

Career Cluster: Coordinator
Library assistants are organised and helpful individuals who make a positive impact on their community.

Library assistants have a fulfilling and rewarding job that allows them to work in a peaceful and quiet environment surrounded by books and knowledge. They get to interact with a diverse group of people, from children to seniors, and help them find the information they need. They get to learn about new books and authors, and assist in organising and maintaining the library’s collection. Library assistants also have the opportunity to work with technology, such as online databases and e-books, which keeps their job interesting and up-to-date. Overall, being a library assistant is a great job for those who love books, helping others, and working in a calm and peaceful environment.

Possible Pathways
Library assistants typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, and on-the-job training is usually provided by the employer. Some employers may prefer candidates with postsecondary education, such as a certificate or associate’s degree in library science or a related field. Additionally, library assistants may receive additional training in specific areas such as cataloging, circulation, or reference services.


projected growth


size of field

Below Average

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Projected Growth Source: Jobs and Skills Australia,, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.
Size of Field Source: ANZSCO 4-digit occupations: ABS Labour Force Survey, February 2023, custom trend.
Hours Worked Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report.