Library Assistant

General Function

Performs basic level clerical and administrative tasks related to the daily operations of the University Library

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Provides information and assistance to users of the Library; explains procedures to users; assists in locating books and other materials; researches and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Assists in the enforcement of rules and regulations regarding library patrons.
  • Oversees student employees; assigns tasks and monitors performance; serves as informational resource providing guidance and assistance.
  • Performs various stock maintenance duties ensuring that books and/or the library materials are shelved or stored in proper location.
  • Provides basic level assistance at the Circulation Desk or other areas of the library as needed.
  • Performs various other duties which may include shipping or receiving of library materials, balancing monetary accounts; sending out bills and overdue notices, and preparing statistical reports.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Library Dean, Director, the head of a Library department, Library Associate, or the manager of a branch

Direction Given: Functional guidance to a group of student employees on an ongoing basis

Minimum Requirements

Requires six months of coursework beyond high school and one year of library experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of library procedures
  • Knowledge of computer and library research software
  • Ability to motivate student employees

Working Conditions

Physical effort usually requires considerable walking and standing with some lifting of materials weighing between 25 to 50 pounds. Periodic assignments given which entail dealing with modestly unpleasant physical situations.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Library Assistant

Job Code


Classification Series

Library Support




University Libraries


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013