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Library Technician

Library technicians support and assist librarians by performing technical tasks involved in library or information work. This can include collection management, cataloguing and document delivery. They also provide reference services, and may deliver programs, or manage small libraries in corporate, school or public settings.

  • Avg. Salary $50,818.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.33
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Library Assistant

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Library Technicians and Assistants (5211.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants (F111) 
  • 2011 NOC: Library and public archive technicians (5211) 
  • 2016 NOC: Library and public archive technicians (5211) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Library Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Library Technicians and Assistants

Interest in assisting library users in gaining access to books, films, photographs, maps, documents, electronic materials and other library materials, and in assisting librarians in giving tours and providing children's and other specialized library programs


Interest in operating on-line reference searches, performing manual searches and making interlibrary loans for users; and in receiving library books


Interest in compiling information to assemble and arrange displays of books and other materials for publicity purposes

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 04, 2021

Library technicians may work in large libraries or smaller ones. In large libraries, they provide services to the public. In smaller libraries, they often provide specialized resources and reference information to a particular client group. Therefore, their duties and responsibilities may vary considerably from one position to another. However, in general, library technicians:

  • Acquire materials (print, audiovisual and electronic) and classify, catalogue and maintain the materials
  • Process and fill requests for interlibrary loans and document delivery
  • Help clients access on-site and online services and resources such as reference materials, audiovisual equipment and electronic resources
  • Find answers to reference questions by doing a reference interview and using available resources such as online databases and other electronic resources
  • Code and input bibliographic data
  • Assist in the design and maintenance of in-house databases and web pages
  • Provide library orientation and instruction for library users
  • Create and deliver programs for children, youth, adults, seniors or other groups
  • Create and deliver programs to improve awareness of library services
  • Promote library services, resources, events and programs
  • Supervise staff, volunteers and student assistants

Under the supervision of a librarian, library technicians may be responsible for sections or departments in a larger library. In smaller libraries, technicians may assume full responsibility for library operations, including ordering materials and managing the library's budget.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Depending on the institution or organization, library technicians may work part time, full time or shifts. Academic and public libraries often require library technicians to work evening and weekend shifts. Some lifting up to 10 kilograms may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Library technicians need:

  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Communication skills
  • Self-motivation, versatility and adaptability
  • A flexible attitude
  • An ability to follow directions for detailed tasks
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Technical skills related to using online resources, MS Office, e-technology, office equipment
  • E-service and technical trouble shooting skills
  • An ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Research, technical assistance and information fluency skills
  • Public speaking and instructional skills

They should enjoy:

  • Helping people find information
  • Taking a methodical approach to their work
  • Being creative
  • Paying careful attention to details
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Library technicians must be knowledgeable about library operations including computer applications, e-resources and e-technology. Most library technicians are graduates of related 2-year diploma programs. Additional post secondary education is an asset. Employers generally prefer to hire applicants who have related work or volunteer experience.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Grant MacEwan University

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 04, 2021

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Library technicians are employed by:

  • Public libraries
  • Public and private schools
  • College, research and university libraries
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Information brokerage firms
  • Library software production companies
  • Book, periodical and publishing firms
  • Records management departments in large organizations
  • Bookstores

Experienced library technicians may advance to supervisory positions or assume responsibility for the operations of established libraries. However, other advancement opportunities are limited. Canadian universities do not recognize library technician programs and courses for transfer credit to master's programs in library science.

Library technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5211: Library and archive technicians and assistants. In Alberta, 92% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 5211: Library and public archive technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Library and public archive technicians

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $31.25 $26.22 $26.54
Overall $19.23 $39.07 $31.33 $30.50
Top $21.73 $41.54 $33.06 $35.56

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
Information, Culture, Recreation
Public Administration
Educational Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Education and Library Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) website:

Special Libraries Association (SLA) website:

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Updated Mar 04, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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