Librarian CV Example + Template (2024 Guide) – CV Plaza

Librarian CV Example + Template (2024 Guide)

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 3 Oct 2023

There aren’t many librarian jobs available so you need to have a brilliant CV to increase your chances of being shortlisted for a job interview.

Luckily, this comprehensive guide has been created to give you all the necessary information, examples, templates and tips to write your perfect librarian CV and secure this highly sought-after job. Let’s begin!

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CV example

Megan Turner

26 Russell Rd
TS27 9EF
Mob: 079 2125 4531       Email: [email protected]

Personal profile

I have enjoyed a long-running career in various libraries across the country which has led to considerable experience and expertise in librarianship. I am a dependable individual who always strives for perfection in everything I do, including the preserving and maintenance of valuable books. My calm temperament and friendly demeanour have repeatedly made me the most eligible candidate for community projects. I am also able to multi-manage several projects at once. Ultimately, I believe that my natural flair for customer service, along with my proficiency in handling both the technological and physical resources in libraries will make me a valuable employee for any library in the country.

  • Graduated with a First Class Honours in Hospitality Management
  • Promoted within months to chief librarian at my local library

2009 – 2012BA (Hons) Hospitality ManagementThe University of WalesClassification: [1:1]

Relevant Modules:

  • Hospitality Operations
  • Legal and Environmental Issues in Hospitality
  • Basic Finances and the Economy
  • Information Management

2007 – 2009
Results: English: A*   Maths: A   Travel and Tourism: B
A LevelsSouth Wales College

Work experience
Mar 2013 – PresentChief Librarian           Greenfield Library

Main duties performed:

  • Principally responsible for the finances and funds of the library
  • The authority to hire and fire employees
  • Responsibility to construct monthly plans on how library funds would be spent
  • Teaching new employees about health and safety regulations
  • Supervising anybody who uses valuable archives and dated books
  • Teaching new employees about their basic duties and responsibilities
  • Holding meetings with other librarians in the county to discuss issues such as finances and community campaigns

Dec 2012 – Mar 2013Librarian         Greenfield Library

Main duties performed:

  • Constructing and running community campaigns (e.g. a raffle to raise money for a cancer charity)
  • Running basic literacy classes weekly for the community
  • Running basic computer literacy classes weekly for the community
  • Providing support and any resources needed for students
  • Guiding people on how to utilise the new electronic check-out machines in the library
  • Jointly running the Summer Reading Challenge with another colleague
  • Guiding people on where to find resources such as government leaflets on taxes and benefits
  • Chiefly responsible for a Stop Smoking Campaign, which was well received by the community
  • Continually cataloguing, labelling and adding new books, CDs and DVDs to the library system—both physically and electronically

Jun 2012 – Dec 2012Library Assistant         Oldham Council

Main duties performed:

  • Sorting and stacking books on the correct shelves
  • Checking books out physically and stamping return dates
  • Helping out in the library cafe occasionally, serving sandwiches and drinks to customers
  • Assisting the visitors to the library with any enquiries they have, or if they can’t find a book
  • Ordering books online from other libraries for library members.
  • Maintaining general library cleanliness and orderliness


  • HAB Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Customer Service.
  • Taking part and succeeding in the several workshops run by the library annually (e.g. Computer Literacy, Basic Literacy)
Skills and competencies
  • Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • The ability to be organised and methodical, something which is essential with the demands of everyday sorting and stacking in a library
  • A naturally hospitable and friendly personality which is essential in community-oriented jobs
  • Excellent computer literacy which is required in this newly electronic era of libraries
  • Highly familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a librarian due to previous experience, which means I only need limited guidance in my new role
  • Excellent Customer-Service Skills


As with most librarians, my hobbies involve, first and foremost, reading books. I am also a novice writer of poetry and often participate in the group poetry readings in my local cafe every week. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on weekends.


Ms Emily Gilbert
Area Manager, Greenfield Library
Address: 13 Stone Road, Windmill, TA19 8YH
Tel: 0223 345 5674
Email: [email protected]
Mr Andrew Osborne
HR Officer, Oldham Council
Address: 54 Hull Road, Oldham, OA3 6WP
Tel: 0080 1335 9999
Email: [email protected]




What makes this CV effective?

  • Structured and Readable Layout: This CV features a well-structured format, complete with distinct headings and bullet points, facilitating quick and efficient navigation to locate important details.
  • Relevant Work Experience: The CV focuses on relevant work experience, placing the most recent and impactful roles at the top. Each job entry includes specific accomplishments and responsibilities.
  • Ideal Length: The CV is 2 A4 pages and not any longer.
  • References Included: The candidate has included the details of their referees, adding more credibility to their profile.

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How to structure and format your CV

  • Follow a standard CV structure: A traditional CV consists of the following sections in order: personal details, personal profile, achievements, education, employment, skills, hobbies and references. There is a reason for this format; the most important information is presented first. It’s best to stick to this (or a similar) format as employers are used to seeing this format all the time. You can swap the places of your education and employment sections, depending on which one is the strongest and put that on top.
  • Use an appropriate font: There are dozens of fonts available so which one should you choose for your CV? Well, all great CV fonts should have three things in common; they should be easy to read, professional and mainstream. For example, a handwriting font or typeface fails all these three criteria! Handwriting fonts are difficult to read, they don’t convey professionalism and they are not commonly used for writing CVs. Some examples of more appropriate fonts are Helvetica, Lucida Sans, Times New Roman, Verdana, Georgia and Calibri.
  • Use subheadings, spacing and white space: Studies have shown that employers tend to scan CVs rather than read them in great detail. You need to ensure that employers can easily find the information that they are looking for at a glance. Improve the scannability and legibility of your CV by using appropriate subheadings, spacing and white space.
  • Use short sentences and bullet points: Another great way to improve the scannability and legibility of your CV is to use short sentences and bullet points instead of long paragraphs. Remember, employers only spend around 30 seconds scanning/reading each CV so make sure they can easily find all the important information that they are looking for.
  • Limit the length of your CV: CVs that are long-winded, unfocused or contain too much information are automatically rejected. The maximum length of your CV should be 2 A4 pages. Considering omitting old or outdated information such as irrelevant part-time jobs or school-level qualifications.

How to write a librarian CV (step-by-step guide)

Personal details

The first part of your CV contains your personal details:

  1. Name (as the main heading of your CV)
  2. Address (how to format your address on your CV)
  3. Telephone number
  4. Email address

  • Florence Connell
  • 28 New King’s Street, London, L34 5GM
  • Mob: 07978376220       Email: [email protected]

Personal profile

Next, you need to write an impressive personal profile for your librarian CV.

A personal profile, also known as a CV summary, is a short introductory statement to your CV. It informs the prospective employer about your personal qualities, characteristics, abilities and experience.

Guidelines for writing a personal profile:

  • Keep it short; no more than four or five sentences.
  • Use real-life examples, facts and figures
  • Avoid clichés
  • Tailor it to each job you are applying for

Personal profile example:

I am a methodical and friendly librarian with more than 4 years of experience working in a library in various roles. I started my career as a library assistant and was promoted after six months on the job. I am currently overseeing and managing a small team of four staff at my local Newcastle West Library. My key strengths and expertise include using library IT systems, managing resources, cataloguing, training staff, providing excellent customer service and organising events for the public.


In this section, you should list some of your important achievements or accomplishments. These could be from your studies, employment or life in general.

Example of achievements:

  • Good grades in examinations
  • Qualifications
  • Awards received
  • Promotions
  • Elected for leadership positions
  • Relevant work experience
  • Meeting performance targets
  • Improving business, processes or procedures

  • First-class degree in BA Library and Information Management
  • Managed the day-to-day activities and operations of a small library
  • Library use increased by 24% after successful outreach activities

Employment and work experience

Next, you need to write details about your previous jobs and any work experience you have previously done. You can include a variety of jobs in this section including full-time, part-time, unpaid and voluntary positions.


  • Write entries in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
  • Omit very old or irrelevant jobs if they don’t add value to your CV.
  • Try to identify and highlight the same skills, abilities and responsibilities of your previous jobs as that of the advertised role.
April 2021 – PresentLibrarian         West London Library

Main duties and responsibilities performed:

  • Assisted library users with finding, accessing and using library resources
  • Managing the library catalogue
  • Introducing new resources to the library including books, e-resources, CDs and DVDs
  • Organised events and activities and promoted them in the community
  • Recruited and managed library staff
  • Issuing library cards to new members
  • Dealing with user enquiries, comments and complains
  • Dealing with returns, loans and fines
  • Ensuring the relevant health and safety standards are met at all times

Librarian-related duties to add to your CV

  • Manage library resources including books, journals, magazines and IT systems.
  • Assist visitors and members with their enquiries.
  • Manage and supervise a team of library assistants.
  • Manage library memberships, including issuing cards, fines and reminder letters.
  • Plan and deliver inductions and information literacy sessions.
  • Develop, promote and deliver library activities and seasonal events.
  • Ensure the service is relevant to the needs of its members.
  • Ensure that the library is an organised, tidy and quiet environment for the public to visit.

Education and training

It’s time to write about your education, training and professional qualifications.

Things you could include in this section of your CV:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • College-level courses such as A-Levels and BTECs
  • GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
  • Training and vocational qualifications


  • Mention the start and end dates of the courses and write entries in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
  • Mention the grades and subjects studied, not just the name of the course.
  • State the name of the educational institution or training provider
  • Remove irrelevant or insignificant qualifications such as level 1-2 courses if you are highly educated or need to free up space for more important information.

2016-2019BA Library and Information ManagementUniversity of LeedsGrade achieved: First class honours.

Relevant Modules:

  • Digital Literacy
  • User Experience in Libraries and Information Services
  • Comparative Library and Information Management

2014 – 2016
Results: English Literature (A), English (A) and Maths (B).
A-LevelsNew Kent College


The qualifications section of your CV should contain a list of additional qualifications that you have have gained, in addition to the qualifications mentioned in the previous section. Mostly, these are professional training qualifications.

  • NVQ Information and Library Services Level 2 – City & Guilds
  • First aid at work – HSE


Next, list some of your key skills, talents and abilities as they relate to the job.

There are two types of skills:

  1. Soft skills: These relate to your personal character, such as leadership, time management, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  2. Hard skills: These are learned, quantifiable skills that you have developed through training or experience, such as using a computer, cataloguing and visitor management.

As you are applying for a librarian role, you need to list a mixture of both soft skills and hard skills because they are both essential for doing your job well.

For example, you need interpersonal skills to interact with people in the library but you also need to be able to use a computer to access and manage library systems and electronic resources.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated in my ability to work with a variety of people including staff and library visitors.
  • Leadership skills, demonstrated in successfully managing a team of four staff.
  • Strong IT skills, demonstrated in using a variety of IT systems including Microsoft Office and the library’s information management systems.
  • Cataloguing and classifying library resources.

Useful skills to add to your CV

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Supervising library staff and users
  • Cataloguing and classifying books
  • Assisting users with locating and accessing library resources
  • Organising events such as book fairs
  • Recruiting and training library assistants
  • Monitoring service performance and producing reports
  • Promoting library events and clubs
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management skills

Hobbies and interests (optional)

You can add great value to your CV by including a few of your hobbies and interests that are relevant to the job.

For example, writing that you “enjoy reading books” in your free time tells the employer that you are an intelligent person with a passion for books, reading and learning. These are essential requirements for becoming a successful librarian.

In my free time, I enjoy watching documentaries on TV and reading books. I also enjoy going for walks and participating in fundraising events for charity.


The last part of your CV is the references section.

Here you need to write details of your two references, people who know you well and can vouch for you to the employer about your character, skills and abilities. They could be your former employer, manager, teacher, tutor, etc.

For each person, write the following details:

  1. Full name
  2. Job title/position
  3. Organisation/company name
  4. Address
  5. Contact telephone number
  6. Email address

Note: The employers want to get an unbiased, professional opinion about you so do not list any of your friends or family members as your references.

Ms Barbara Bland
Team Leader, Wessex Library
Address: 5 Scott Trees, Kent, K84 1OD
Tel: 07663574209
Email: [email protected]
Mr Ronald Parker
Library Manager, Birmingham Central Library
Address: 64 Strawberry Rd, Kent, K23 8DJ
Tel: 078743568444
Email: [email protected]

You can also write “References are available upon request” if you do not wish to disclose your references at this early stage of the recruitment process.

Tips to make your CV more effective

  • Write a tailored cover letter: Write a personalised, tailored cover letter with each separate application. Explain the reason for your application, give details of your unique selling points (such as your relevant work experience or skills) and encourage them to arrange a face-to-face interview with you. Check out the cover letter examples page for inspiration and tips.
  • Proofread your CV: As a librarian, you are usually perceived to be a bookworm and bibliophile who loves reading, writing and learning. The last things you would expect to find on a librarian’s CV are spelling and grammar mistakes! You should double-check your CV for mistakes and, ideally, let a friend, family member or qualified careers advisor proofread your CV for you.
  • How to email your CV and cover letter: Will you be emailing your CV and cover letter to the employer? If the answer is “yes”, then there are some guidelines that you need to follow to improve the impact of your email. For example, use a professional email address, write a compelling subject line, adopt a formal tone and keep your email short and to the point. Also, to avoid an awkward follow-up email, don’t forget to attach your files to the email!

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).


    £18.000 – £28.000
    Degree or Relevant Work Experience
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  • Communication Skills
    Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and library visitors
  • Computing Skills
    Using a computer for administrative duties and accessing the catalogue
  • Customer Service
    The ability to provide an unforgettable customer service experience to members of the public
  • Public Speaking
    Giving speeches and presentations to a large audience/group of people of all ages
  • Books
    Having a passion for books, knowledge and information
  • Admin Skills
    Answering the phone, organising folders, photocopying and scanning documents

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