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£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£34,320 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


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

Main Tasks

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


Entry will normally require an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification. Most postgraduate courses require applicants to have had prior relevant work experience. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs in Information and Library Service are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What Librarians studied in higher education

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What Librarians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology2
(F1) Chemistry1
(W1) Fine art1
(X9) Others in education1
(V3) History by topic1
(W8) Imaginative writing3
(V4) Archaeology1
(W6) Cinematics & photography4
(Q3) English studies10
(K2) Building1
(P1) Information services33
(R1) French studies1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems3
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(P5) Journalism3
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(M9) Others in law1
(Q2) Comparative literary studies1
(Q1) Linguistics1
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period11
(Q8) Classical studies1

UK Prospects

21600 Workforce Size
4.25% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
6274 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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