Librarian cover letter

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Librarian cover letter

As a librarian, you know how compelling a great read can be. To be considered for top librarian jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for literature and working with people. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a librarian, or download the librarian cover letter template in Word. 

Jobs for librarians are projected to grow by 9% (or 12,400 jobs) from 2016 through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You'll find the highest level of employment for this job in the following states: New York,​ TexasCalifornia, Illinois, and Florida; and in the following metropolitan areas: New York CityChicagoWashington D.C.Los Angeles, and Boston

As a librarian, you can expect to earn a median wage of $58,520 per year, or $28.14 per hour, according to the BLS.

Additionally, you can learn about education careers and look for librarian jobs on Monster. After you've applied, practice for your interview by reading through these sample librarian questions and answers.

Librarian cover letter template


William DeSoto
Sometown, MN 55555 | (555) 555-5555 |

October 4, 2017

Ms. Tamara Fields
Director of Human Resources
ABC School District
55 Apple St.
Sometown, MN 55555

Dear Ms. Fields:

The middle school librarian opening advertised on Monster is an excellent match to my qualifications.  

For the past 5 years, I have worked as a children’s librarian for Sometown Public Library, where I have made it my mission to empower children, adolescents and teens to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skilled researchers and ethical users of information. In this role, I have earned a reputation as a “trailblazer” in launching new or expanding existing programs, services and resources. Examples include:

  • Collections Development: My recent efforts have been focused on broadening the diversity of the library’s youth fiction titles to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I expanded works by African American, Latin American, Asian American and Muslim American authors, which resulted in the library winning the prestigious “American Library Association Diversity Award” and an accompanying $5,000 grant for further collections development.
  • Digital Technologies: I helped create and launch the library’s new mobile app for smartphone devices, allowing fast and easy lending renewal. I was also instrumental in developing the library’s new digital collection, providing users with the ability to instantly download hundreds of book and movie titles to their e-readers (Nook or Kindle) during the 2-week borrowing period.
  • Literacy Program: I introduced a bilingual literacy program for children and families that has tripled in attendance since its launch 3 years ago to a total of 350 enrolled participants.

Dedicated to continuing professional development, my credentials include a master of library science (MLS), a BA in education and licensure as a state-certified Library Media Specialist.

I am passionate about instilling a love of reading and learning within all library patrons. If you agree that my background is well suited to your needs, please contact me at (555) 555-5555 or email to schedule a meeting.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.


William DeSoto
Enclosure: Résumé


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