Volunteering

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building tours for visitors, assisting with exhibitions and music performances and back-of-house projects which include historical document transcription and working with our collections.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.

Become a volunteer

  • You must be 18+ to join our volunteer program. 
  • Your application will be kept on file for 12 months.
  • 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.

Get involved with Amplify

State Library may be closed, but you can still volunteer right now by listening to and correcting errors in transcripts via Amplify.
Amplify is a crowdsourcing platform that allows you to listen to digitised oral histories from State Library’s collections alongside automatically generated transcripts. Transcripts are a starting point, but they aren’t perfect.  

As a volunteer you can help improve the accuracy of these transcripts and enable others to discover the voices of Queensland. Getting involved is easy, anyone can contribute at any time without logging in.  All you need to participate is a desktop or tablet and an internet connection.

Fieldwork Placement Program

If you are interested in a placement as a component of your tertiary studies, you are encouraged to apply for a State Library Fieldwork placement.

Internships

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.