What does a Librarian do?

A librarian is the first point of contact for visitors visiting the library. They maintain the inventory of the library and conduct periodic audits of the information on file. Librarians teach visitors how to use the electronic database and its functions while implementing new programs to attract visitors of different demographics, such as socials and author signings. Librarians may work in a public library or in a public, private academic setting.

Most librarians hold a Master's of Library Science degree and must have 5+ years' experience working in a public library. A clean background and ability to pass a drug screening is needed. Generally, successful librarians are detail-oriented with strong customer service and communications skills.

What responsibilities are common for Librarian jobs?
  • Check books and other materials in and out of the library
  • Read stories to groups of children
  • Support visitors with finding reference materials and leisure reading materials when requested
  • Direct visitors on how to use electronic databases and their functions
  • Teach a variety of skills to students, including research skills through varying databases
  • Respond to information requests that are in person, over the phone or via email
  • Manage patrons' access to all online resources
  • Ensure a quiet environment
What are the typical qualifications for Librarian jobs?
  • 5+ years' experience working in a public or private library
  • Proficient experience working with electronic databases of library materials
  • Clean background and ability to pass a drug screening
  • Knowledge of library trends and issues
  • Working knowledge of general library practices, acquisitions, and supervision of library staff
  • Superior attention to detail and strong customer service and communications skills
  • Proficiency in working effectively independently
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible, creative and innovative when teaching students and creating new programs
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Librarian Salaries

Average Base Pay

HK$27,500 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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HK$10K
Median: HK$28K
HK$45K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Librarian Career Path

Learn how to become a Librarian, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Librarian
HK$520,080/yr
Librarian Supervisor
No Salary Reports
Adjunct Librarian
No Salary Reports
Librarian

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
48%
5 - 7
13%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Librarian Insights

Read what Librarian professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Library Systems & ServicesLibrary Systems & Services
Librarian
1 Sept 2022

“No salary was listed but the website said "competitive wages" and I was able to put my salary range on the application.”

Miami Dade Public Library SystemMiami Dade Public Library System
Junior Librarian 1st Year
26 Oct 2022

“The aforementioned #18 was not mentioned to me during the job interview or within the first week of on the job training.”

Cleveland Heights University Heights Public LibraryCleveland Heights University Heights Public Library
Librarian
12 Oct 2022

“My pay was always pretty good and competitive with our local libraries.”

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Librarian
30 Mar 2022

“It is a fun job when your ideas and motivation isn’t crushed by management.”

Grand Rapids Public LibraryGrand Rapids Public Library
Reference Librarian
18 Nov 2022

“Pay is not bad but not good”

Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya MandirSri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir
Librarian
28 Nov 2021

“Salary is really good and on time”

New Brunswick GovernmentNew Brunswick Government
Reference Librarian
15 Jun 2021

“Schedule changes at last minute.”

British MuseumBritish Museum
Librarian: Digital Projects and Services
21 Mar 2022

“I made some of the best friends of my life working at the British Museum.”

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Librarian Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Librarian

When working as a Librarian, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Evaluating, Conducting, Excellent Communication, Filing and Electronic Resources.

The most similar professions to Librarian are:
  • Library Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a Librarian is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Library Assistant
HK$15,600
No skills overlap
Office Manager
HK$380,000
Executive Assistant
HK$300,000
Administrative Assistant
HK$30,000
No skills overlap

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