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Library Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compiles records; sorts and shelves books or other media; removes or repairs damaged books or other media; registers patrons; and checks materials in and out of the circulation process. Replaces materials in shelving area (stacks) or files.

This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Visual and Design Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Helps patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audio-visual equipment, computers, and other electronic resources and provides technical assistance when needed.
  • Answers routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary.
  • Processes print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
  • Reserves, circulates, renews, and discharges books and other materials.
  • Catalogues and sorts books and other print and non-print materials according to procedure and returns them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Provides assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
  • Organizes and maintains periodicals and reference materials.
  • Delivers and retrieves items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots problems with library equipment, including computers, photocopiers, and audio-visual equipment.
  • Trains other staff, volunteers, or student assistants and schedules and supervises their work.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cataloging Technician -- Helps librarians acquire, organize and prepare materials and also help patrons locate books and other materials.
  • Acquisitions Technician --