Most libraries prefer to hire library assistants who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. However, some smaller libraries might hire prospective assistants with only a high school diploma.

Courses required for an associate’s degree or a certificate in library technology include acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, and automated library systems. Usually, library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same requirements as teacher assistants.

Library assistants can advance as they assume additional responsibilities in other areas of the library. Some eventually become supervisors and oversee daily library operations.

What are Library Assistants like?


Based on our pool of users, library assistants tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Library Assistants by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1177 Sokanu users

Are Library Assistants happy?


Library assistants rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 64th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Library Assistant Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Library Assistants

The most common degree held by library assistants is English Literature. 10% of library assistants had a degree in english literature before becoming library assistants. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among library assistants, representing 5% of library assistants in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.8 times the average.

Library Assistant Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Library Assistant, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of library assistants % of population Multiple
English Literature 10.1% 4.9% 2.1×
Psychology 5.2% 6.8% 0.8×
Fine Arts 4.6% 1.9% 2.3×
Library Science 4.4% 0.2% 25.5×
History 4.1% 2.2% 1.9×
Liberal Arts 2.9% 1.8% 1.6×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.1% 1.2% 1.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.0% 1.6% 1.3×
Sociology 2.0% 2.1% 1.0×
Business Management And Administration 1.8% 6.5% 0.3×
Foreign Language Studies 1.7% 1.3% 1.3×
Political Science 1.7% 2.9% 0.6×
Biology 1.5% 3.5% 0.4×
Computer Science 1.4% 2.8% 0.5×
Linguistics 1.2% 0.8% 1.5×
Music 1.1% 0.8% 1.4×
Art History 1.0% 0.7% 1.5×

Library Assistant Education Levels

52% of library assistants have a high school diploma. 35% of library assistants have an associate's degree.

No education 1%
High school diploma 52%
Associate's degree 35%
Bachelor's degree 12%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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