Library assistants and clerks (NOC 1451)

About this job

Library assistants and clerks:

  • issue and receive library materials, sort and shelve books, and provide general library information to users
  • perform clerical duties
  • work for libraries or other establishments with library services
Common job titles
  • assistant, on call - library
  • clerk, book returns / circulation
  • clerk, interlibrary loans / bookmobile
  • clerk, periodicals
  • clerk, shelving
  • clerk, technical services


Library assistants and clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

  • issue and receive library books and other materials
  • sort and reshelve books and other library materials
  • perform clerical duties such as manual and electronic filing, and record payments received
  • maintain journal subscriptions
  • help library users in finding basic library materials and making interlibrary loans

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to more senior positions is possible with experience and post-secondary education related to library science.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.