The National Library of Australia’s Graduate Program is a comprehensive and structured program consisting of work placements and formal training, which prepares graduates for a varied career at the Library.

Graduates at the Library complete a nine month work placement where they will be rotated through various Branches and Divisions, such as Preservations, Exhibitions and Digitisation and Photography, which enables our graduates to gain new skills and experience in information management specialities including cataloguing.

Graduates at the Library enjoy a working environment that is challenging and rewarding, as well as supportive and collaborative. They receive the support of a mentor, a buddy and networking opportunities with past graduates within the Library and in the wider Australian Public Service.

While the Library generally seeks graduates in the following fields, all graduates from specialty areas are welcome to apply:

  • Information management
  • Archives administration, library and information sciences
  • Museum studies, cultural heritage management
  • Australiana specialisation such as history, literature, art, music or dance studies
  • Asian studies
  • Materials conservation
  • Public administration

For further information please email

About the Library

The Library is a statutory authority within the Department of Communications and the Arts. Governance of the Library is the responsibility of the Library Council. The Director-General, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Library within the terms of the National Library of Australia Act (1960).

The Library serves the Australian people through the maintenance and development of a comprehensive reference collection and a rich collection of material related to Australians and Australia. The Library collects a wide range of research materials and includes more than ten million items ranging from traditional books and journals to paintings, drawings and prints, manuscripts, photographs, maps, aerial photographs, music scores and oral history recordings. For further information please see the Library’s Corporate Plan.

Further details on our conditions of employment can be found in the Library’s Enterprise Agreement.