What Library Pages Need to Know

Page jobs are usually entry level, and are a great way to find out if library work is for you. That's also not to say that everyone who is a page is looking for another type of work! Typical requirements to be a page are:


  • Working on or completed high school degree


  • Ability to alphabetize and put things in numerical order. Much of a page's job typically will include putting books and other items back where they belong, called "shelving," or making sure that items on the shelf are in the correct order, "shelf reading."
  • Ability to lift, bend and reach. Putting books on shelves is good exercise and requires a lot of movement, especially large art books, for example!


  • Generally previous experience is not required, although preference may be given to people who have done work in the library as a volunteer

Career path

  • It is not unusual to hear that many library leaders started out as a page sometime early in their career! Demonstrating good work ethics, reliability and communications skills can help with promotion to a library assistant-type of position at the checkout desk or in the processing department.

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Queens Borough Public Library Page Fellows program is a fifteen-week course that encourages library pages to explore librarianship as a possible career choice.