The National Library of Australia welcomes and values Volunteers.

The Volunteer Program at the National Library of Australia has been operating since 1989. The Program offers the community an opportunity to play an active role in supporting and promoting the work of the Library. The Library values the important contribution that Volunteers make both through Front of House and Behind-The-Scenes projects.

The Library accepts Volunteers, at its discretion, who are enthusiastic and committed to the Library’s programs and goals. Volunteers must agree to work under the direction of the Library, consistent with its regulations and policies. In return for contributing their skills and time to completing special projects and tasks, the Library offers Volunteers the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and satisfaction from involvement with one of Australia's leading collecting and cultural institutions.  

Volunteers are only engaged in tasks that, without their assistance, would not be undertaken or would not be completed for a considerable period of time. Volunteers are not used as an alternative to paid employment or to displace paid staff. Paid employment at the National Library is not a likely outcome of volunteering.

There are two categories of Volunteers:

Front of House Volunteers

Volunteer Guides and Foyer Information Desk Volunteers carry out a number of duties, including Exhibition Guiding, Behind-The-Scenes Tour guiding, and weekend rostered shifts on the NLA Foyer Information Desk. They need to have experience in dealing with the public and good communication skills. They also need to have an interest in and commitment to learning about the Library’s collections and exhibitions, and the general functions and role of the Library.

Behind-The-Scenes Volunteers

Behind-The-Scenes Volunteers may be placed in one of a variety of areas across the Library such as Maps, Pictures, Manuscripts and Asian Collections. The type of tasks Volunteers may be asked to perform include sorting, identifying and listing collection material, editing, scanning and researching. They will be allocated a supervisor within the area who will guide and assist them with their special project.

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at the National Library of Australia, contact the Volunteers Coordinator at:

Telephone: (02) 6262 1634

Apply online

Applications will only be considered from those who live in Canberra, ACT, Australia and surrounding districts.

The National Library of Australia receives many applications from people wishing to volunteer. Please note that places are limited. You will receive acknowledgement of your application within 21 days of receipt. Following this you will be contacted only if a suitable project is identified. Applications are kept on the Volunteer Register for 12 months from date of receipt. All selected Volunteers will be required to complete a Statutory Declaration and an AFP National Police Check.