Working in Academic Libraries

According to the American Library Association, there are 3,793 academic libraries in the United States, of which 2,489 are associated with four-year and above institutions and 1,304 with less-than-four-year colleges (for example, community colleges, vocational colleges, and similar types of schools.). Academic libraries employ approximately 26,600 professional librarians. In addition, many of the proprietary schools (also known as vocational or technical schools or career colleges) and for-profit colleges (for example, Strayer University) provide library resources and services to their students.

To learn more about academic libraries, explore the following pages for an overview of the types of academic libraries, the various roles you can fill, salaries and promotion requirements, and tips to help you land your dream job.