State Library Victoria


Volunteering at State Library Victoria

 

At State Library Victoria, our volunteers play a pivotal role in enriching both the Library and the community it serves. We deeply appreciate the distinct skills, diverse experiences, unique insights, and boundless enthusiasm that each volunteer contributes.

 

Our thriving volunteer community embraces individuals from all walks of life, spanning various ages and nationalities. Your interest warms our hearts, and for that, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.

 

Please bear in mind that while we appreciate every applicant's eagerness, our opportunities are limited. We seek individuals who resonate with our values and share a genuine passion for State Library Victoria.

 

To ensure the best fit, prospective volunteers are selected through a thoughtful process, guided by the following criteria:

 

  • Age of 18 years or older
  • Willingness to obtain a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers)
  • Availability for a minimum of a three-hour shift (morning or afternoon) once a month, committing for at least six months
  • A commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, coupled with a passion for cooperative teamwork and connecting with individuals
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm for continuous learning, training and development.
  • If you possess the ability to communicate in languages beyond English, it's an added advantage.

 

Our comprehensive training program, coupled with ongoing support and growth opportunities, ensures you're well-equipped for the role.

 

By becoming a volunteer at the Library, you're joining a dynamic, dedicated, and firmly united team where each member's contribution is deeply cherished.

 

For more insights into how we handle your personal information and how to reach us, kindly refer to the information available here.

 

If you have a query, we might be able to assist with please reach out directly to our team by emailing volunteer@slv.vic.gov.au.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters

Volunteer Greeters welcome and assist visitors in finding their way around the Library spaces and exhibitions, escort visitors to where they need to go, provide basic visitor information and refer questions to appropriate Library staff. 

Positioned in various front of house locations, Volunteer Greeters enhance the experience for Library visitors, supporting the work of front of house colleagues. 

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

All volunteers are expected to:  

 

  • Provide exceptional visitor experiences.  
  • Be an ambassador for the Library.  
  • Be aware of and behave in accordance with all relevant Library policies and procedures.  
  • Confidently communicate and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • Encourage visitors to spend time in the Library, using a positive attitude to point out features of interest and provide advice on things to do in the time visitors have to spend in the Library.  
  • Participate in forums for sharing improvement ideas, responding, rectifying problems and issues that arise in the workplace.   
  • Maintain appropriate standards of conduct in line with the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct and in accordance with Library values and policies.

Greeters are expected to: 

  • Provide a warm greeting to visitors as they enter, exit and move through the Library.  
  • Proactively assist Library visitors to identify Library services, programs and the areas of the Library they can use for different purposes referring to Library staff where appropriate.  
  • You may be required to personally escort visitors around the Library. 
  • Learn and stay current with knowledge of Library spaces and basic visitor information, to maintain an effective level of competence as a Greeter, including active participation in ongoing training as required.  
  • Participate in a regular roster (one 3-hour shift per fortnight, one 3-hour monthly minimum to remain in program). Shifts are typically scheduled for the morning or afternoon. 

 

Skills and Experience:

 

  • Ability to demonstrate and display the Library’s values – innovation, collaboration, engagement, excellence and respect. 
  • Willingness and capacity to uphold service standards as a representative of the Library. 
  • A commitment to excellence in customer/visitor service, with the ability to listen, ask questions and communicate clearly and confidently with visitors and colleagues. 
  • A passion for working in a cultural, tourism or customer/visitor service environment.  
  • Confident interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly with people from diverse backgrounds.  
  • Ability to provide basic directions with confidence helping people to navigate complex spaces around the Library with sensitivity to spatial awareness and visitor needs. 

 

Benefits in undertaking this volunteer role:

 

  • An environment built on values.  
  • Structured induction including visitor service training that is designed to ensure that volunteers are comfortable with their surroundings, informed of procedures and protocol, and effectively introduced to the volunteer role.  
  • Access to ongoing training, supervision, support and feedback to enhance skills and knowledge.  
  • A safe and healthy working environment in accordance with all relevant occupational health and safety legislation and associated regulations.  
  • Discounts at Library retail outlets including Mr Tulk Café and Readings Bookshop  
  • The opportunity to become part of a strong community of volunteers and staff at one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. 

 

Requirement:

 

State Library Victoria is a child safe organisation. If offered a volunteer role, a Working With Children Check (free of charge for Volunteer status) will need to be obtained before commencing. The Library also reserves the right to introduce police checks at a future date. Continued engagement as a Library Volunteer will be subject to a satisfactory police check in accordance with role requirements, laws, and Library policies applicable at that time. 

 

The next recruitment will take place in 2024. More info to come. 

 

Contact Details:

 

Please apply for this role here.

 

Please direct any questions about the application process to Volunteer Program Officer, Lisa Neamati, volunteer@slv.vic.gov.au.

 

Training:

Induction and training will be provided. Dates will be communicated to successful applicants accordingly.

 

Tour Guides - Applications temporarily closed

No opportunities at this time

 

Volunteer Tour Guides provide a welcoming and informative experience for all visitors to the Library. Tour Guides engage visitors through the sharing of comprehensive information regarding current exhibitions and events, State Library Victoria history and architecture, and public and education programs. 

 

 

Our Volunteer Tour Guides also help ensure the safety of visitors and collection items.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

All volunteers are expected to:  

 

  • Provide exceptional visitor experiences.  
  • Be an ambassador for the Library.  
  • Be aware of and behave in accordance with all relevant Library policies and procedures. 
  • Confidently communicate and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • Encourage visitors to spend time in the Library, using a positive attitude to point out features of interest and provide advice on things to do in the time visitors have to spend in the Library.  
  • Participate in forums for sharing improvement ideas, responding, rectifying problems and issues that arise in the workplace. 
  • Maintain appropriate standards of conduct in line with the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct and in accordance with Library values and policies

Tour Guides are expected to:  

  • Provide informative and engaging tours through State Library Victoria’s exhibitions and spaces, sharing knowledge about the location, history and points of interest to a diverse audience.  
  • Be familiar with the Library building, history and collection items by participating in continuous improvement activities such as ongoing training and development and independent research.   
  • Participate in a regular tour roster (one 2-hour shift per fortnight, one 2-hour shift monthly minimum to remain in program).   
  • Maintain a safe environment for visitors, highlighting any potential hazards and following safety protocols. 
  • Manage the group size and behaviour to ensure an enjoyable experience for all participants.  
  • Keep tours on schedule and manage time effectively to cover all planned content.  

 

Skills and Experience:

 

  • Ability to demonstrate and display the Library’s values – innovation, collaboration, engagement, excellence and respect. 
  • Willingness and capacity to uphold service standards as a representative of the Library. 
  • A commitment to excellence in customer/visitor service, with the ability to listen, ask questions and communicate clearly and confidently with visitors and colleagues. 
  • A passion for working in a cultural, tourism or customer/visitor service environment.  
  • Experience in leading tours, presenting to groups, teaching, theatre, performing, or other background that would support the ability to deliver tours.   
  • High-level communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and connect with people from diverse backgrounds.  

 

Benefits in undertaking this volunteer role:

 

  • An environment built on values.  
  • Structured induction including visitor service training that is designed to ensure that volunteers are comfortable with their surroundings, informed of procedures and protocol, and effectively introduced to the volunteer role.  
  • Access to ongoing training, supervision, support and feedback to enhance skills and knowledge.  
  • A safe and healthy working environment in accordance with all relevant occupational health and safety legislation and associated regulations.  
  • Discounts at Library retail outlets including Mr Tulk Café and Readings Bookshop  
  • The opportunity to become part of a strong community of volunteers and staff at one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. 

 

Requirement:

 

State Library Victoria is a child safe organisation. If offered a volunteer role, a Working with Children Check (free of charge for Volunteer status) will need to be obtained before commencing. The Library also reserves the right to introduce police checks at a future date. Continued engagement as a Library Volunteer will be subject to a satisfactory police check in accordance with role requirements, laws, and Library policies applicable at that time. 

 

The next recruitment will take place in 2024. More info to come. 

 

Contact Details:

Please apply for this role here.

 

Please direct any questions about the application process to Volunteer Program Officer, Hana Vasak, volunteer@slv.vic.gov.au.

 

Training:

Induction and training will be provided. Dates will be communicated to successful applicants accordingly.

 

 

A Library for all in a changing world

Mission

We are Victoria’s library of record, home to the State Collection, free to access and open to all. We enrich the cultural, educational, social and economic lives of all Victorians.

Vision

The community recognises State Library Victoria as the trusted and dynamic cultural custodian of the rich heritage of Victoria, ensuring access for all to:

» better understand our past

» inform our present, and

» inspire our future.

Values

Innovation > Collaboration > Engagement > Excellence > Respect