Library Clerk

Applied Certificate
Library Clerk

Program Overview

Library Clerk is a 18-credit applied certificate program offered online, and provides entry-level library skills and knowledge training.

Library clerks work directly with library technicians, librarians, and library users. They may be responsible for the circulation of library materials, sorting and shelving library materials, clerical functions, and providing general library information to users.

Learn Online

You can take all of these courses online through The School of Continuing Education. Our highly trained instructors have experience working within libraries of all types. You will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Children's materials and services; birth to grade six
  • Young adult's materials and services; grades seven to 12
  • Programming and public relations
  • Reader's advisory
  • Information resources

Ladder into a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Diploma

You can transfer all certificate courses into the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library and Information Technology diploma program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you complete the applied certificate you will be fully prepared to work as a library clerk within academic, public, school, and special libraries. Typical job titles are library clerk, circulation clerk, programming clerk, and library assistant.

In addition to libraries of all types, potential employers include health regions, government departments, and research centres.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Circulation Clerk - LibraryLibrary Assistants and Clerks (1451)$29,200 - $62,400
Library PageLibrary Assistants and Clerks (1451)$29,200 - $62,400
Shelving ClerkLibrary Assistants and Clerks (1451)$29,200 - $62,400

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Courses begin in September and January each year

Length: 16 weeks (each course)


  • Online/Distance options available

  • Some programs offered online or otherwise by distance (i.e., correspondence) include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. They may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.

Part-time Delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) through Enrolment Services once all courses are completed.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.


Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.


Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

To be confirmed


Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


To be confirmed

This program is not eligible for the Canada-Saskatchewan student loan program.

LIB 191
Readers' Services
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Focusing on school and public libraries, you will examine the roles and functions of readers' advisors. You will study fiction reference sources, readers' advisory interviews, genre types and representative examples, and a variety of fiction promotion techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
LIB 192
Introduction to Information Resources
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You will be introduced to reference service and general information resources: including dictionaries, encyclopedias, ready reference and indexes. You will utilize the information search process to search these print and non-print resources.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
LIT 182
Children's Materials
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You will discuss the history of children's literature and become familiar with representative works of contemporary children's material in fiction and non-fiction. You will examine the criteria used to select children's material for school and public libraries.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
LIT 183
Young Adults' Materials and Services
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You will examine the physical, social, emotional and intellectual factors that influence teen reading/viewing habits and the criteria for selecting materials for teens. You will be exposed to a variety of fiction genres, various methods of presentation, and the major trends and issues regarding services for teens in public and school libraries
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ORTN 190
Introduction to Library Service
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You will examine various library organizational structures, personnel descriptions and duties, and materials and services to library patrons. Library and Archives Canada, other major Canadian libraries, the Saskatchewan library system and other library partnerships will be discussed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PRPL 284
Public Relations and Programming
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You will examine ways of marketing the library to the community. You will discuss current topics relating to programming for the entire community. Planning and executing visual displays and programs will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PRPL 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
Total semester credits: 18

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

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Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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