Occupational Employment Statistics


43-4121 Library Assistants, Clerical

Compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials. Excludes “Library Technicians” (25-4031).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 23017$14.37/hr$10.52/hr$11.19/hr$12.53/hr$15.61/hr$21.74/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services20$19.04/hr
Education and Health Services540$17.99/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration1,740$14.49/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$12.06/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$19.30/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$12.27/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$15.87/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$12.58/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80N/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$15.62/hr1.3%
Southeast Balance of State 140$13.59/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 150$12.06/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$13.50/hr1.0%
Southwest Balance of State 180$14.49/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 230$12.53/hr5.5%
St Cloud MN MSA 270$16.99/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 270$12.54/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 350$12.59/hr6.9%
Central Minnesota 510$13.92/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 900$18.12/hr9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,190$16.89/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,370$15.36/hr7.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Library Technicians 1,210$21.74/hr6.1%
Office Clerks, General 52,080$18.44/hr-2.4%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 5,280$12.76/hr9.5%

  • Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audio-visual equipment.
  • Perform clerical activities, such as answering phones, sorting mail, filing, typing, word processing, and photocopying and mailing out material.
  • Instruct patrons on how to use reference sources, card catalogs, and automated information systems.
  • Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Maintain library equipment, such as photocopiers, scanners, and computers, and instruct patrons in proper use of such equipment.
  • Manage reserve materials by placing items on reserve for library patrons, checking items in and out of library, and removing out-dated items.
  • Inspect returned books for condition and due-date status and compute any applicable fines.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Repair books using mending tape, paste, and brushes or prepare books to be sent to a bindery for repair.
  • Review records, such as microfilm and issue cards, to identify titles of overdue materials and delinquent borrowers.