As a librarian, you will be involved in organising and managing various range of information and reading resources particularly through preserving, collecting and organizing books and other materials in libraries.

What do librarians do?

Librarianship is a people centered role, requiring librarians to managing learning resources including books, digital resources, research papers etc.They engage works such as selecting , developing, cataloguing and classifying library resources. And make sure the accessibility of books to the readers.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Helping customers get used to the library technology and procedures to find what they need
  • Checked Updating and maintaining databases and electronic resources
  • Checked Researching information for customers
  • Checked Helping Customers in issuing and returning books and other library sources
  • Checked Classifying , arranging and archiving books and other library materials
  • Checked Managing and planning library services
  • Checked Training and directing library assistants and support staff
  • Checked Managing library websites and social media accounts and channels
  • Checked Choosing new audio books, videos and other materials to the library
  • Checked Preparing budgets for the library

What are the different Job roles available for a librarian?

They work in libraries of educational institutions, where they manage libraries and other and educational materials.
Digital librarian has to manage and organize digital libraries or resources by handling storage, access and digital knowledge
Music librarians manage , organize, preserve and acquire materials related to music.
Library managers will lead various activities of library which are including, organization collection and preservation of books. He/she may supervise cataloging and public relations of the library.
Generally they are legal professionals who are responsible for managing and preserving books and information related to law.

How to become a Librarian?

Step 1
Take any stream in 12th

Students who wish to pursue a career as a librarian, can take any stream in 12th.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

To take up bachelor’s or master’s qualification in Library Science you need to have a bachelor’s qualification in any discipline. This is usually a three year course.

Note :

A one year course in Library and Information Science (BLib/BLISc)which is. This can be taken up after graduation.

Step 3
Take Master’s degree in Library and Information Science

After Graduation or BLib/BLISc you can take Master’s degree in Library and Information Science which is of 2 years duration.

Note :

MLISc can be taken up directly after graduation in any discipline

Library Science Colleges

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Requirements for masters in library science

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from Manipal University, Karnataka For (M.Lib.I.Sc. (Master of Library and Information Science)

  • Pass with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • minimum 50 % aggregate marks or equivalent

Foreign ( From Nanyang Technological University,Singapore For MSc in Information Studies)

  • A relevant undergraduate degree
  • Working experience in an information-related field
  • English Language Proficiency : An overall score of 6.5 in IELTS academic Or an overall score of 100 TOEFL

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Skills Required

Orderliness and Organising

Orderliness is an important skill required by a librarian as they have to systematically arrange , organise , archive ,sort and some times rearrange a vast amount of material kept in their library.


It goes without saying that that librarians must be voracious readers. They are expected to keep up to date with the latest happenings in their areas of expertise

Critical thinking skills

Career counsellor will be using their critical thinking to analyze results of assessment, read reports and graphs and infer conclusions.

Technology skills

Technological skills of a librarian would come in handy when it comes to using computerised information systems, operating library software and databases


To be effective at their jobs in the changing circumstances librarians need to be update their knowledge with new information,resources and technology . Being Curious about these varying aspects will increase their adaptability.


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  • Checked Educational Institutions
  • Checked Private Libraries