BSB52115 Diploma of Library and Information Services

National ID: BSB52115 State ID: AZJ4
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Gain advanced skills and knowledge for your career in library and information services

This course will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to work in public, academic and special libraries, such as health and law, or other information organisations. Our lecturers are library professionals, up-to-date with industry best practice and with strong connections with local library staff and organisations.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for professional (Library Technician) membership – ALIATec.


Some of the courses on the list can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We’ll let you know what's required for your course. For a full list of online courses, please use the filters under the Refine course results menu.

  • Contribute to the maintenance and digitisation of library collections
  • Provide leadership for library teams and manage customer service
  • Develop library activities, events and programs
  • Promote literature and reading to clients
  • Undertake cataloguing activities to describe and classify print and digital resources
  • Assist clients with complex information needs
  • Build, update and write content for websites, and resolve client IT problems
  • Develop your understanding of current library challenges and trends, including emerging technologies and copyright issues

I have the following attributes:

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Strong focus on customer service
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Completion of Certificate IV in Library and Information Services or other relevant education or industry experience.

You'll be given the opportunity to undertake 2 industry placements, which will be arranged by North Metropolitan TAFE. While industry placements are not compulsory, a minimum of 10 days is required for ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) library technician membership.

Students studying part-time are advised to complete the qualification within 3 years. National changes to the qualification may result in additional studies.

Other costs for consideration:

  • Text Books
  • Stationery

Other job titles may include:

  • Library Officer  (in public, hospital, law, university, college and school libraries)
  • Collections Management Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Customer Engagement Officer (Library and Cultural Services)

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

University pathway arrangements provide you with the opportunity for direct entry and advanced standing in the following university courses:

  • Charles Sturt University - Bachelor of Information Studies

Estimated Course Fee

Estimated Concession Fee

Eligible for VSL

VSL Capping

$6,226.35 $6,226.35 Yes $10,528
*After completion of Certificate IV in Library
$4,230.00* Yes $10,528

These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.

  • Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
  • Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester.
  • Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible. 
  • For secondary school aged persons (in 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
  • The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
  • VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Semester 1, 2021

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Perth
How On Campus
Duration 2 Years
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Perth
How Online

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