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


  • 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 Requirements

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 could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to be around £31,000 per annum

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 2,427 employed Librarians in the region.

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