Common library assistant courses include instruction on the history, organization and services of libraries, categorizing and cataloging information, basic reference tools and operation of audio-visual equipment within library systems. Aspiring library assistants are also instructed on how to purchase, select and organize library materials.
Reference source courses for library assistants focus on print and online materials, electronic reference services and the process of inter-library loans. Students learn the basics of the Dewey Decimal and Sears subject heading systems as well as the Library of Congress classification systems when studying to enter this career. Course content covers the role of library personnel, library public service functions and basic terminology used within libraries.