Children's Librarian

Do you want work to be challenging, surprising, and fun?

Consider becoming a librarian who serves children.

What do librarians who serve children do?


  • Empower and motivate young people;
  • Promote and nurture the habit of reading;
  • Introduce students to the latest electronic resources;
  • Collaborate with other educators;
  • Build programs to link the library to community groups;
  • Choose resources to enhance the library collection;
  • Provide parenting education and family literacy programs;
  • Design and provide engaging activities that help young people develop their creativity, interests, and talents.

Librarians who enjoy working with youth may consider a career as a children's librarian, a school librarian, or a young adult librarian.

Read Finding Your Niche as a Youth Services Librarian, at, for a good overview of career options for librarians interested in working with youth.

“I became a youth librarian because it’s the one job that lets me do all the things that I love to do. I get to read, draw, sing, act, write, play, and learn new things, all while helping young people grow and discover who they are. Every day is fresh and fun.”

Andrew Finkbeiner, Youth Services Manager, Rockford Illinois Public Library



ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) is dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.