Volunteering at the State Library 

Volunteering at the State Library offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to discover our resources and collections, to interact with our clients and be involved in the many events held at the State Library.

As a volunteer, you could be involved in delivering literacy activities to preschool children, helping at events and exhibitions, collecting survey responses from clients or being an office assistant.

Volunteering will provide you with an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the State Library and community as a whole.

If you would like to discuss volunteering at the State Library please contact Mary Doyle on (08) 9427 3327 or email volunteers@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Spotlight on Volunteers

Several times a year we spotlight the great work that one or a group of volunteers do for the State Library

"I love the building and the people."

Aileen Swarbrick started volunteering for the State Library in 2011 in the Liaison, Acquisition & Description Team helping with an oral history project. Aileen now assist Volunteer Team Leader Mary Doyle with administrative tasks.

Aileen Swarbrick

"I became a volunteer because I always wanted to work at this building", says Aileen.

Scottish born Aileen signed up as a State Library volunteer after her retirement. "At first I was working at the Battye Library', said Aileeen. "I went though the old oral history records, many of them were still stored on floppy discs. I was tidying them up and making them accessible again for the public. I didn't have time to read all of those records but a quick glimpse gave me good insight into the amazing stories being kept at the State Library."

After her work at the Battye Library, Aileen helped to produce training certificates for public library staff completing online courses. She then started to assist the volunteers' team leader "I help keep the volunteer database up-to-date and I provide general administrative support."

Five years after joining the State Library, Aileen still enjoys her weekly trips here. "I have always like the Library building. This is a very significant place. it is important to support the State Library not only as a source of information, but also for its social function as a place where people come together. All the activities for children make it a very lively place too. The atmosphere at the Library is always relaxed and the people are so nice. I also love the diversity among the volunteers. For many people this is their first step towards a new career in Western Australia. They improve their English while contributing to the community. That is beautiful."

Current Positions 

Please note that the State Library screens its volunteers and some positions may require a Police Clearance or Working With Children Card.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 10 February 2016

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