Librarian Cover Letter and Resume Examples

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When you write your cover letter, it should include your most relevant experience and education. Take the time to match your qualifications to the job, so your credentials are as close a match as possible to what the employer is seeking ​in an ideal candidate.​

Your resume should include your previous work experience, education, skills, and any certifications you may have received. In both the "profile" and "skills" sections of your resume, highlight your computer and research skills, as they are both extremely valuable skills to have in this position.

Use these samples as a guide to help you get started.

Librarian Cover Letter Example

This is an example of a cover letter for a librarian position. Download the librarian cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Librarian Cover Letter Example (Text Version)

Louisa Applicant
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Sonja Lee
Director, Human Resources
Acme Academy 
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Lee,

I read with great interest your posting for a chief librarian at Acme Academy as listed on I know that my years of experience as an academic librarian and my success developing forward-thinking library projects make me an ideal candidate for this position.

I have over ten years of experience working as an academic librarian. In my years of experience, I have developed various techniques for best explaining and instilling research skills in students. I have even developed and taught a well-received research course for first-year college students, which would translate well into an upper-level high-school course.

You state in your listing that you want a chief librarian who can adapt the library to today’s technology-driven culture. I am very comfortable with implementing e-technology in a library setting. I even helped develop a streamlined library website at Smalltown Community College, which allowed students to more easily access the college’s online resources. I would love the opportunity to develop similar tools for Acme Academy’s library.

I am confident that my extensive experience makes me a strong candidate for chief librarian at Acme Academy. I have enclosed my resume and other required materials for your review. I look forward to speaking with you further about what I may offer your school. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Louisa Applicant

Librarian Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a librarian position. Download the librarian resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Librarian Resume Example (Text Version)

Renee Applicant
123 Main Street 
Oakwood Park, IL 12345
(123) 456-7890


Managing libraries, helping students with research, setting up compelling displays

Respected Librarian with 10+ years’ secondary and university experience, specializing in developing research tools and courses to strengthen students’ research ability, seeks position with university library.

Key skills include:

  • Developing Research Tools and Courses for Secondary Schools and Universities
  • Award-Winning Display Development
  • Translating Library Services and Policies into Tangible Resources for Students
  • Experience Training New Librarians


REFERENCE LIBRARIAN (February 2013 – Present)
Initiated and helped develop new online catalog to promote efficient student and faculty research; develop instructional materials on research methods in various formats (web, multimedia, and print); write and publish library blog and maintain social media pages.

Notable accomplishments:

  • Developed and taught library research class for students across all majors.
  • Received award for “Best New Course” for 2015; named “Librarian of the Year” twice.

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN (June 2008 – February 2013)
Consulted with colleagues and teachers to develop and construct monthly displays on academic topics.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Developed and co-taught course on research methods for incoming freshmen students.
  • Spearheaded project to streamline magazine subscriptions, saving the library $2,000 annually.


Master of Library Science (GPA: 3.9; Selected “Graduate Student of the Year”), May 2008

Bachelor of Arts in English (GPA: 3.8; Dean’s List Each Semester; Graduated Cum Laude) May 2007

Information Technology Skills

Computer Applications: Word, Excel, Google Docs • Web Publishing: HTML, Dreamweaver, WordPress

How to Email Your Resume and Cover Letter

If you're sending your resume and cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:

Subject: Librarian Position - Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.​