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Librarians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, librarians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction with library visitors and staff.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also use letters and memos, but less often.
  • May on occasion deal with conflict situations in which library patrons may be rude or angry.
  • Are responsible for the work done by their staff.
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  • Regularly work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Work near others. They share the same work space with other librarians and library patrons.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Accurate records and documentation are important to the smooth operation of a library.
  • Make decisions that affect other library workers and library patrons on a weekly basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
  • Set nearly all of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a superior first.
  • Often repeat the same activities, such as stocking books or answering questions.
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  • Abide by strict weekly deadlines.


  • May work part time or full time. Most work full time.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
  • May work evenings and weekends.
  • May work ten months per year as a school librarian.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.