Cover letter for a librarian (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a librarian.”

Examples of librarian cover letters

To get a librarian position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a librarian cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Librarian cover letter” 

“[Manager’s Name]

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address


Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. [Manager’s Name],

I would like to propose my candidacy for your position of Librarian which was advertised in the website’s name Website.

I am enthusiastically applying for this position because I firmly believe that a combination of my natural ability, personality and work experience all make me an ideal candidate for this role. I possess a strong understanding of management, IT equipment and the day-to-day running of a library. In my current position as a Librarian Intern with Oak View Public Library, I have gained insight into the different levels of library management. I have been involved in the coordination of children’s library operations and customer/community service.

I consistently believe in taking challenges and exploring new, ingenious concepts to improve library efficiency. I have also worked as a Library Volunteer at Buffalo Library. Both of my previous jobs have required high customer service skills.

I pride myself on my organizational and communication abilities and look forward to continuing my career as a Librarian. I hope to discuss my eligibility for the role with you in the future.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


[Your Name]”

Sample 2: “Librarian cover letter”

“Dear Hiring Manager,

I wish to convey my interest in the open position for a Librarian at Cloud Clearwater Library. I believe that my well-rounded skill set, experience, and enthusiasm for the job make me a strong candidate. Cloud Clearwater Library is a thriving hub in this community, and I would greatly enjoy being a part of the team that helps this library grow and meet the information needs of its patrons.

Previously, I worked at Coral Springs Public Library. I was responsible for acquisitions, scheduling, implementing library policy, and training new staff members. I also actively participated in programming for both adults and children, as well as attended conferences and workshops to keep current with policies and upcoming trends. In my time here, the children’s programming attendance increased by 50%, adult programming attendance by almost 100%, and overall visits by 20%.

Working with the public, I’ve come to understand the importance of strong customer service skills, and I believe that every patron should receive a warm, personalized level of communication. I have worked with diverse communities and am well-versed in evaluating their needs. My goal is to treat every patron equally and to ensure open access to all by upholding the library’s values.

I am enthusiastic about presenting myself as a representative in the community and networking to better serve the library system. I am eager to speak more with you about this opportunity, and I hope you will consider me for the Librarian position. I believe my initiative, customer service skills, and dedication to library values would make me an asset to your team, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 3: “Librarian cover letter”

“Dear Ms. Rogers:

Upon review of your posting for a Librarian, I hastened to submit the enclosed resume for your review. As a skilled and educated professional with more than 11 years of experience in library services, I feel confident of my ability to exceed your expectations for this role.

My background in supporting a broad range of library responsibilities and public services prepares me to substantially impact your organization. With my successful history of assisting library users in research efforts, information acquisition, and materials location—along with my superior interpersonal and organization skills—I am ready to extend my record of excellence with Ridley Point Public Library.

Highlights of my experience include the following:

Earning an MSLS degree in 2013 from the University of Washington.

Providing comprehensive support in various library service areas such as reference desk support, circulation, collection development, interlibrary loans, bibliographic support, and library instruction.

Utilizing advanced information technology resources including internal / external databases, digital libraries, remote-access information sources, and the Internet to facilitate library user research, data acquisition, and materials location.

Organized, analytical, and personable with an outstanding reputation for excellent team collaboration and leadership.

With my solid knowledge of library services and support, combined with my passion for the wealth of information and learning potential that libraries have to offer, I am positioned to significantly benefit your team. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in more detail.

Thank you for your consideration.


Belinda T. Ingram”

Sample 4: “Librarian cover letter”

“Dear Mr. Lashington,

Having spent seven years as Chief Librarian at Summerfield Elementary School, I would relish the challenge of setting up a library and community education project at Hazelton.

My university degree in Library Studies from the University of Michigan and BA in Early Childhood Studies fueled my passion for early years education and my work at Summerfield was incredibly rewarding. We increased literacy rates in the district by 35% and completed a five-year project to improve reading grades across elementary age groups.

Parental engagement was key to enthusing the children and we understood that availability of the most popular series was key to success. It is easier to captivate your young children if you are reading to them about characters that they already know. We increased the stocks of the top 25 authors and held weekly workshops to help parents engage with the stories.

At Summerfield, I was in charge of the operational and commercial aspects of running the library, so setting up ab initio would be entirely achievable. Understanding the profile of your young readers is key, so before we order any books, we would need to run a learner profile of the school community. Making the library “digital first” will be a top priority – we ensured that 200+ students learned to read every year with our engaging and interactive resources. Reading on digital devices is still reading and should be encouraged.

My experience of managing a team of part-time library helpers (mostly parents) will prove essential, as the job of selecting, purchasing, managing and maintaining a library of 4,000 books is no simple task, especially in an area with such a strong bilingual community.

I would welcome the chance to discuss your plans during an interview – elementary literacy is the bedrock of our children’s education and there is nothing more exciting than starting a library project from scratch.


Simone Martin”

Sample 5: “Librarian cover letter”

“Dear Lorene,

Having been a librarian assistant at the Drexel University Campus Library, I’m quite fond of working amidst the stacks. When I saw your Indeed posting for a librarian at the Philadelphia Public Library, it immediately excited me. Though I love assisting college students and other older visitors with their requests, I would love to use my natural enthusiasm for books to inspire the general public and younger children, which this job would allow me to do.

As a library assistant, I’ve had the opportunity to chalk up several successes during my 2+ years at the Drexel University Campus Library. These include:

Earned the Library Instruction Section Innovation Award in 2018 from the American Library Association (ALA) Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Digitized over 2,000 items from the backlog in the microfilm collection.

Overhauled the “Friends of Drexel Library” website, increasing readership by 35%.

As I hope my award and achievements show, I love working around books. I enjoy helping others enjoy their books, and I take great pride in my friendly personality and helpful character. I know I would be a great fit at the Philadelphia Public Library because I would bring these same traits with me.

If you would kindly take the time, I’d be happy to discuss in more detail how I can be the ideal candidate for the librarian job position.


Eric B. Porter”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of librarian cover letters

How do I write a cover letter for a librarian?

Tips for using your cover letter to stand out

  • Make it personal. 
  • Prioritize the positive. 
  • Get to the point. 
  • Set the right tone.
  • Proofread.

What are the requirements for a librarian?

Librarian Skills

  • ICT proficiency
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Listening abilities
  • Deadline orientation
  • Good presentation abilities
  • Organizational skills

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