Alternative titles for this job include Learning resource manager

Librarians run public and private libraries, managing access to books, multi-media resources and computers.

Average salary (a year)

£18,500 Starter


£42,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a Librarian

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme


You can get into this career by studying for a degree in librarianship or information management accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

If you already have a degree in another subject, you could take a postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information management.

You'll usually need some practical experience, which you could get during your first degree or by volunteering at a library.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

More information


If you're a library assistant or have a job with an information service, you could apply for certification through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. You would then study for further qualifications while you work.

Other routes

You could join a graduate training scheme run by an employer or the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

More information

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a librarian through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • managing staff, budgets and statistical returns
  • using IT systems to catalogue, classify and index stock
  • dealing with counter, phone and email enquiries
  • organising IT access and solving user problems
  • keeping up to date with new publications and selecting stock
  • making sure staff follow Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Copyright laws
  • promoting library services through displays, talks and community events like reading clubs
  • attending meetings and conferences

Working environment

You could work at a university, in a commercial building or at a college.

Career path and progression

You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.

If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of CILIP.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Librarian right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

GCE A Level in History

  • Provider: Cardinal Newman College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: PRESTON


  • Provider: Wickersley School and Sports College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: ROTHERHAM

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