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building tours for visitors, assisting with exhibitions and music performances and back-of-house projects which include historical document transcription and working with our collections .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. For exceptions, please see further below.
  • 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.

Volunteering for under 18

On occasion we have volunteer positions available during the school holidays for 14-17 year olds.

If you are interested please contact us at volunteering@slq.qld.gov.au.

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.


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.