Pupil Librarians

Organising pupils to help with the library not only ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the library, but also helps develop a sense of responsibility, achievement and self-esteem in the children.

The following is an extract from the School Library Association Pupil Librarian Toolkit.  You need to be a member of the SLA to access this resource.

Job title: pupil librarian

Job purpose: to help the school librarian run a good library
Responsible to: the school librarian


  • To help in the library at set times agreed with the librarian
  • To shelve fiction books in A-Z order
  • To shelve non-fiction books in subject order
  • To keep a section of the stock tidy and in the correct order
  • To help with library displays
  • To help issue and return resources
  • To help repair resources
  • To help other students find what they are looking for
  • Any other jobs which help the librarian

Pupil librarians are

  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Honest
  • Cheerful
  • Sensible
  • Enthusiastic

Pupil librarians also

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Are willing to help others
  • Have an interest in books
  • Enjoy thinking on your feet
  • Enjoy helping other people
  • Have good communication skills

Here are some examples of application forms filled in by children wishing to become a pupil librarian example 1 example 2 example 3