National course code: BSB52115

Diploma of Library and Information Services

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Overview About this course

If you enjoy helping people to discover new things, gain the skills to connect your community to educational, cultural and academic information and services. Become a qualified cultural centre director, library officer, gallery manager and more.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Lead your team effectively

  • Develop and promote activities and public programs

  • Monitor compliance and licence requirements

  • Resolve client IT problems

  • Manage quality customer service

Course Outcomes

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

  • Practical industry experience gained during the work placement program

  • Pathway to further study with TAFE NSW Degrees

  • The Diploma of Library and Information Services is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). By completing this course, you can apply for an ALIA membership (a fee applies)

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 qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Entry recommendations

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

  • A passion for reading, information or curation of artefacts

  • An enjoyment of the research process

  • The ability to work with a diverse customer base

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 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 Technician

Library Technicians assist Librarians and other information managers in organising and operating systems for handling recorded material and files.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    1,300 workers

  • Average age

    49 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    37 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    86% female

  • Future growth

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Small museum manager, Gallery manager, Library technician, Cultural centre director, Library officer, Information officer and Collection officer

Study pathways

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

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 4 Courses

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

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 Diploma of Library and Information Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 4 core and 12 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.

  • Identify and resolve client ICT problems ICTSAS410

  • Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements BSBLIB513

  • Consolidate and maintain industry knowledge BSBLIB402

  • Extend own information literacy skills to locate information BSBLIB604

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

On-campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.