Every day CUPE’s 22,000 library workers provide front-line services to Canadians across the country. Almost 7,000 of CUPE’s library workers are in their own local unions, while the rest are in bargaining units or are members of locals with municipal, university, college and school members. Half of CUPE’s library members work in the public library system while the other half work in libraries in schools, universities, colleges and municipalities.

The primary job classifications are:

  • Librarian
  • Library clerk
  • Library archive technician
  • Page

Women make up the vast majority of the library workforce (85 per cent) while racialized workers account for about 12 per cent of CUPE library members.

Many library workers are in part-time or casual positions. CUPE represents 80 per cent of all unionized library workers in Canada. The majority are in Ontario and Quebec but we also have members in most other provinces.