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Public Librarians


Public librarians

A public librarian is, in many ways a Jack of all trades, they’ll organise events, encourage reader development and support local businesses through collection development and IT provision. As the public library is the home of self-education and improvement, they also coordinate with schools, colleges and universities to improve literacy, numeracy, IT and research skills.

Public libraries are often the only source of IT provision for many members of the community, and as such provide informal training and support for essential government, benefit and housing interactions.

Other job titles could include team librarian or customer service librarian. Other roles may be narrowed to a particular area of service delivery or customer group e.g. children’s librarian, local studies librarian, reference librarian, reader development librarian or community engagement librarian.

Qualifications and experience

Library assistant posts in this sector usually do not require formal qualifications and some trainee or apprentice positions are available. An accredited postgraduate qualification in library and information science is usually required for more senior posts.

For some roles, particularly those with responsibility for IT provision in the library, an IT qualification such as the ECDL is beneficial.

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