Library Assistants

Location: South Africa (Major Cities)
Salary: R8,400 p/m

As a Library Assistant, you play an integral role in supporting the efficient functioning of a library. Your responsibilities include assisting patrons, organizing materials, maintaining records, and contributing to a welcoming and organized library environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist library patrons in locating books, periodicals, and other materials.
  • Provide information and guidance to patrons on library policies and procedures.
  • Check in and out library materials, ensuring accurate record-keeping.
  • Assist with library cataloging, shelving, and arranging materials in proper order.
  • Process new library acquisitions, including labeling and covering books.
  • Help patrons with basic computer tasks, including using library databases and online resources.
  • Manage overdue materials, issue fines, and send reminders to patrons as needed.
  • Assist with library events and programs, such as story hours or book clubs.
  • Answer phone calls and respond to inquiries or direct calls to the appropriate staff.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of library shelves and common areas.
  • Participate in regular inventory counts and restock library supplies.
  • Handle interlibrary loans and coordinate with other libraries for resource sharing.
  • Support the library’s circulation desk, including issuing library cards and collecting fees.
  • Assist with the setup and operation of audiovisual equipment and technology for presentations or events.
  • Collaborate with library staff to enhance library services and programs.
  • Attend training sessions and stay updated on library procedures and resources.


  • Grade 12
  • Previous experience in a library or customer service role is beneficial.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Familiarity with library cataloging systems and databases is a plus.
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications and office equipment.
  • Ability to work well in a team and provide friendly customer service.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing library needs and procedures.

Additional Information:

  • Training will be provided to familiarize Library Assistants with library policies, cataloging systems, and customer service best practices.
  • This role may involve occasional lifting of books or materials and standing for extended periods during library events or programs.

As a Library Assistant, your dedication to providing excellent customer service and maintaining an organized library environment contributes to the library’s success in serving its patrons and the community.

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