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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 94062$21.23/hr$14.86/hr$18.94/hr$23.47/hr$23.47/hr$24.23/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services530$19.21/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public Administration1,240$15.29/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$14.45/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$14.74/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$18.14/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$15.17/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$18.12/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$15.17/hr-1.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$14.79/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$12.40/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 110$12.06/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$14.68/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$14.79/hr-4.1%
Northwest Balance of State 130$15.28/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 170$15.28/hr-5.0%
Southeast Minnesota 180$14.14/hr0.0%
Southwest Balance of State 180$11.60/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 310$12.06/hr-1.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 940$23.47/hr-4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,040$23.47/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,790$18.69/hr-3.8%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Library Technicians 960$23.56/hr-4.3%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 9,520$18.64/hr19.1%
Office Clerks, General 52,900$19.71/hr-3.3%

  • 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-of-date 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.
  • Operate small branch libraries, under the direction of off-site librarian supervisors.