Demand for qualified librarians
There is a high demand for qualified librarians. Many organisations are looking for librarians with tertiary qualifications to make sure their information is organised and accessible.
Retirements provide opportunities
Libraries in New Zealand have an ageing workforce. Many librarians are over 60, so vacancies are likely to increase as they retire.
According to the Census, 4,038 librarians worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Better librarian opportunities with digital and educational skills and knowledge
Chances of getting a job as a librarian are best if you have strong information technology and educational skills, as well as a wide knowledge of books.
You can further increase your job chances if you:
- have knowledge and understanding of tikanga Māori
- are qualified and willing to work in rural areas
- have work experience or have volunteered in libraries.
You can start as a library assistant or school librarian and gain qualifications while you work.
Grants for library and information tertiary study
LIANZA and SLANZA grants are available for tertiary qualifications in library and information studies.
You can apply if you're taking library and information qualifications at any level at Victoria University of Wellington, Open Polytechnic or Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
Most librarians work in public libraries
Most librarians work for public libraries and about a quarter work for tertiary libraries.
Librarians may also work for:
- the National Library of New Zealand
- libraries or information services for government departments, organisations or companies (special libraries)
- school libraries
- law libraries
- prison libraries
- museum and heritage libraries.