Library Assistant Kaiāwhina Tiaki Pukapuka

Library assistants do a variety of tasks within a library including organising material and helping library users. 

Library assistants may do some or all of the following:

  • issue library materials such as books and eBooks
  • respond to customer enquiries
  • help customers use the online library catalogues or digital resources
  • check and process library returns
  • sort, mend, file and shelve library material
  • help catalogue and prepare new materials for library use.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for library assistants includes:

  • voluntary work in a library
  • customer service work in restaurants, hotels or shops
  • work in a bookshop.

Personal Qualities

Library assistants need to be:

  • friendly, helpful and patient
  • good communicators 
  • able to relate to a wide range of people
  • accurate and efficient
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for library assistants includes:

  • voluntary work in a library
  • customer service work in restaurants, hotels or shops
  • work in a bookshop.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a library assistant. However, English, digital technologies, maths, social studies and te reo Māori are useful.

Library Assistants can earn around $39K-$55K per year per year.

Library assistants may progress to become senior library assistants or librarians.

Library Assistant

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