Volunteers Program

Volunteers are a very important part of the State Library of NSW, offering dedicated support across all divisions. Volunteers continue to be the lifeblood of the Library, with their rich experience, enthusiasm and knowledge evident in each task they perform. Our volunteers are ambassadors for the Library and display enormous passion for the collection and great dedication to their work.


Why Volunteer?

State Library Volunteers receive:

  • invitations to social outings and exhibition previews
  • monthly coffee mornings featuring presentations from Library staff, curators and guest speakers
  • training to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the Library’s collections and programs
  • quarterly editions of SL Magazine and What’s On
  • Long Service Award badges and 20 years recognition award
  • access to the Friends Room and Volunteer Tea Room
  • a discount of 10% at the Library Shop and Café Trim


What do volunteers do at the State Library?

Volunteers allow the Library to provide a range of additional services and undertake activities that may otherwise not be possible.

There are two main types of volunteer tasks – front-of-house, or behind-the-scenes. Front-of-house tasks include a variety of guided tours, speaking to community groups, hosting exhibitions or the Shakespeare Room, assisting with events. Behind-the-scenes tasks are varied but include sorting ephemera and other material, mailing items to our clients, transcribing letters, diaries and oral history tapes and providing administrative support.


Volunteer positions available

We are currently at capacity and not recruiting. Please monitor this site for future recruitment dates in 2015. For more information please send an email to volunteer@sl.nsw.gov.au.


Contact the Foundation

State Library of New South Wales Foundation
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

t: (02) 9273 1593
e: foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au