Music Librarians


Music Librarians


As prominent professionals in the information services field, librarians help others find information and select materials best suited to their needs. They are key personnel wherever books, magazines, audiovisual materials, and a variety of other informational materials are cataloged and kept. Librarians help make access to these reference materials possible. Music librarians perform many of the same duties as traditional librarians, but specialize in managing materials related to music. Approximately 134,800 librarians are employed...

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree



Experience as a library assistant or technician recommended



Foreign Language


Personality Traits



Salaries for music librarians depend on the location, size, and type of library, the amount of experience the librarian has, and the responsibilities of the position. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median annual earnings of all librarians in May 2018 were $59,050. Salaries ranged from less than $34,630 for the lowest paid 10 percent to more than $93,050. Librarians working in colleg...

Work Environment

Most libraries are pleasant and comfortable places in which to assist those doing research, studying, or reading or listening for pleasure. Music librarians must constantly read about and listen to music to keep informed in order to serve library patrons. They must also strive to stay abreast of constantly changing technology, which may seem overwhelming at times.

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Employment for librarians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A growing number of communities are using libraries' services and participating in library activities. The field of music librarians, however, is small, which means competition for jobs will be keen, particularly because there is little turnover in ...