Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers make a huge contribution to the work of the Library. We value our volunteers highly – the time, energy and talent they contribute is vital to our work.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to actively engage with our history, culture, knowledge, ideas and the world of books.

Library volunteers perform a broad range of crucial roles, including:

  • organising and indexing collections to improve the community's access to them
  • leading public tours and assisting with family and school holiday programs and Library events
  • raising money for the State Library of Victoria Foundation.

For volunteers, it's a great way to develop new skills and learn more about one of Victoria's leading cultural centres. Whether you're a post-secondary student, retiree, parent or businessperson, we'd love you to volunteer with us.

Work experience placements are available to secondary school students in Years 10 and 11.

Read our volunteer charter to learn more about our commitment to our volunteers.

Recruiting now

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to work during our outdoor exhibition, Grasslands, which will run from 11 October to 23 November on the Library forecourt.

Working in pairs, in three-hour shifts, volunteers will engage with visitors as they explore the re-creation of the flowering landscape that covered the Library site before white settlement began in 1835.

If you enjoy working with people and have an interest in horticulture, history and the environment, please read the task outline at the bottom of this page and apply via email using the application form.

Applications close on Friday 22 August at 4pm.

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