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Due to essential maintenance, digital image viewers in the old catalogue will be temporarily unavailable between 1 pm and 4 pm (AEDT) this Thursday, 9 December 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Volunteering at the State Library

Volunteers are vital ambassadors for the Library, displaying enormous passion for our collection and dedication to their work.

Digital volunteering tasks  Available 

Delve deeper into the wonders of our collections and start volunteering online today. Find out more about Digital  Volunteering. 

Front-of-house tasks Currently closed for applications

Front-of-house tasks are preformed onsite and include delivering tours, welcoming visitors and assisting with events and programs.

Behind-the-scenes tasks Currently closed for applications

Behind-the-scenes tasks are preformed onsite and include data entry, sorting collection material and providing basic administrative support.  

Prerequisites for all tasks

  • An interest in the commitment and principles of the State Library of NSW
  • An ability to relate to a wide range of people
  • An ability to perform an identified role or roles
  • Email address essential  

Contact us

Our team is currently at capacity.  You may email an expression of interest or any questions to Expressions of interest will be kept for 12 months from the date of receipt.