Our dedicated and invaluable volunteer team is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds who generously contribute their time and energy to a wide variety of volunteer projects.

Woman holding book at the State Library. Photo by Jeff Camden.

Volunteer program

The volunteers participate in both front-of-house projects such as providing building tours for visitors, assisting with exhibitions and music performances and back-of-house projects which include historical document transcription and working with our collections.

The volunteer program greatly enhances the capabilities of State Library and provides a very enjoyable and interesting way to become involved with and to support one of Australia’s great cultural institutions.

Learn more about our Volunteer Program in 2021-22. 

View our Volunteer Program Policy below. 

Become an onsite volunteer

We advertise State Library volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering Queensland portal.

  • You must be 18+ to join our volunteer program. 
  • Your application is subject to a security screening background check.

We have a wide range of interesting volunteer projects available, however:

  • we do not provide ‘work-experience’ roles or professional internships via the volunteer program
  • volunteer project duties do not incorporate professional training or
  • replicate any duties or positions undertaken by paid State Library staff.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (07) 3842 9633 or volunteering@slq.qld.gov.au

Become a digital volunteer

State Library of Queensland is dedicated to making its digital collections more visible and accessible online so that everyone can use and share them, now and in the future. You can help by becoming a digital volunteer! Check out the projects below to tag, text-correct, transcribe and help tell Queensland stories.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (07) 3842 9633 or volunteering@slq.qld.gov.au. 

Tag State Library's photos in Flickr Commons

We'll know more about the photos and it will be easier for people to find them online.

Text correct newspapers in Trove

Help make newspapers easier to search and build a better resource for everyone.

Help transcribe our collections

You can contribute by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

Help tell Queensland stories

Transcribe oral histories on Amplify.

Fieldwork Placement Program

Fieldwork placements for term two have now been filled. Please check back later in the year for updates and further opportunities.


If you are seeking a professional internship with State Library please note that we are able to accommodate a limited number of interns via our partnership with Australian Internships

Australian Internships is a commercial entity and requires the payment of fees for registration and ongoing management of your placement/s. Registration with this company does not guarantee a placement at State Library.