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Work Experience Program

At the State Library of NSW every day is different, and every day is unique. 

The State Library of NSW is one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions and we are pleased to offer work experience opportunities to students in years 10, 11 and 12. 

Our work experience program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers including Librarianship, Communications, Conservation, Corporate Services, Curation, Education Services, Exhibition Design, Indigenous Engagement, Public Programs and many, many more.

Successful students will have the opportunity to spend time within each area of the Library.

Students will rotate through various teams to gain a further understanding of what the Library does, and what a career in Information Management involves. 

All work experience opportunities provide practical learning to consolidate and build on classroom teaching while allowing students to explore prospective careers choices.

Each placement is limited to 5 days (Monday to Friday) working 9 am – 3 pm. 

How to apply

Our work experience program is in high demand, so unfortunately we are limited in the number of placements we can offer. 

Students must apply online. Please ensure you note the dates you are seeking to undertake work experience. 

All applications we receive will be assessed by a panel taking into consideration the content and quality of the application. You will then be asked to participate in a short interview. 

Both you and your school’s careers adviser will be notified by email. All additional paperwork must be submitted through your school’s careers adviser.  It's important to understand that your school will need to approve the work experience placement.

Please direct all communication and enquiries through your school’s careers adviser.  Due to the high volume of applications and limited number of placements we can offer, we strongly recommend that you have alternative arrangements in place in case your application is not successful. 

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Useful information to help prepare your application

The State Library is a large cultural institution with a team of multidisciplined professionals who work across several areas. The following will give you an overview of the Library, the work we do and our teams. 

Your State Library

Everyone is welcome at the Library – our inspiring spaces, rich collections, galleries, and cultural and learning programs are open to all. 


History of the Library

The State Library began as a small subscription library in the 1820s for colonials who were desperate to read books.

Research and Collections

Search through the Library's rich collections and catalogue

Need help? 

Please contact the Human Resources Branch via email if you have any questions, or concerns.


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