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Library Technician

Quick Facts

Library technicians help librarians in the daily operations of a library. They shelve and organize books and help library patrons find the materials they need.

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Job Titles & Career Info

Our Program

Why choose Library Technician?

  • Enjoy schedule flexibility with our hybrid & evening course options
  • Use your organizational skills to make sure library materials & resources are properly sorted & organized, so library patrons can easily find what they are looking for
  • Help build your library’s collections by acquiring, cataloging & processing new materials
  • Start with our 19-hour certificate, so you can finish quickly & begin your career

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Loan, collect, sort, re-shelve & maintain library materials
  • Use databases to locate library materials
  • Answer routine reference questions, including how to use library resources
  • Perform routine clerical tasks, such as:
    • Registering new patrons & issuing library cards
    • Answering phones
    • Organizing files
  • Help plan & participate in special programs, such as used-book sales, story times, or outreach programs

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • You may spend quite a bit of your time working with the public at service desks or computer terminals—often standing for extended periods of time.
  • You need to be detail oriented and have strong computer skills.
  • You may spend time in the library stacks re-shelving books, which may require bending or stretching to reach the shelves.
  • Your working hours may vary widely depending on the type of library where you are employed.
  • If you want to become a librarian, most jobs require an accredited master’s degree.
    • You can apply your TCC Library Technician credits toward a 4-year bachelor’s degree of your choosing before applying to graduate school.

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2022–2023 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Library Technician 60 $3,840
CRT1 Library Technician 19 $1,216


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

You may be ready to work toward:

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Trinity River Campus

Susan Smith, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Call 817-515-1225


Trinity River Campus

Tyson McMillan, Ph.D.
Chair of Computer Science & Business

Call 817-515-1131


Trinity River Campus

Matt Spohn
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1276


Updated February 17, 2023