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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Volunteers
Several times a year we spotlight the great work that one or a group of volunteers do for the State Library
Annette Rowlands accessions family history at SLWA
'Sometimes I have to pinch myself'
Annette Rowlands grew up with a passion for family history. After delving into the history of her own family, she started to volunteer for the State Library seven years ago. 'Every week I come to help and accession family history,' says Annette. 'I am so happy to be able to do this.'
For Annette, her passion for family history comes naturally. 'My own family has always had a very strong interest in our history. I thought this was normal. When I went to live with my husband on a beautiful family property in Dandaragan, west of Moora, I kept asking about the history. But my husband and his family did not know. I was surprised at this.'
Annette gained an excellent insight into her family's history. 'I received a suitcase full of family letters, going as far back as 1836. These were the letters my great-grandfather sent to his family in England. They were kept as a sort of diary. The letters illustrate how hard it was for them in those days. It is very difficult for us now to imagine how these people were living. My great-grandfather was not a born adventurer but he battled on. I got to love him very much, reading all his letters. I got in touch with the Battye Library and they were really interested in the letters and bought them. I now have a second suitcase of family letters which I will start typing up too.'
When Annette's husband passed away, she moved to Perth. 'I wanted something to do and got in touch with the State Library. I was really pleased when they said I could start volunteering for them. I received an excellent introduction and now I am helping to accession family history. I am now working on the Lefroy family, which has links with my own family. I feel really privileged to be working here among professionals. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.'
Please note that the State Library screens its volunteers and some positions may require a Police Clearance or Working With Children Card.
Page last updated: Thursday 9 June 2016