National course code: BSB30420

Certificate III in Library and Information Services

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Overview About this course

Combine your people skills with your love of books and play an important role in a bustling community hub. Gain skills to work as a library assistant in a school or public library, and help people discover new fiction, research their interests, or access library services.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Work in a library environment
    • Serve a diverse range of customers
    • Work in a team
    • Use computer software and social media

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Confidence to communicate effectively with others
    • The ability to use digital technologies, and source, prepare and evaluate information
    • A pathway to higher level study

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • An interest in working in a library environment
    • Good organisational skills and ability to respond well to rapid change
    • The ability to multitask
    • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Library Assistant

Library Assistants issue, receive and shelve library items and maintain associated records.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    900 workers

  • Average age

    47 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    37 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    86% female

  • Future growth


Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Library and Information Services does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Library and Information Services does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Library and Information Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 Units of competency, including 6 core and 6 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assist with maintaining workplace safety BSBWHS311

  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers BSBOPS304

  • Use business software applications BSBTEC201

  • Develop and apply knowledge of information and cultural services organisations CUAIND202

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Delivery Options Find a Location to Enrol

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