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tours for visitors, assisting with exhibitions and music performances and back-of-house projects which include historical document transcription and working with our collections.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

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.

Unidentified Queensland Aviatrix Ca 1935 2004

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

Business newspaper pages 2017 Photo by AbsolutVision

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

Coloured estate map of Caloundra Bullock Estate featuring a light house and the Bribie Island Passage

You can contribute by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

Transcribe oral histories on Amplify.

Fieldwork Placement Program

No fieldwork placements will be offered for the remainder of 2020.  Please stay in touch and check in 2021 for further updates regrading upcoming placements.


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.