BSB50520 Diploma of Library and Information Services

National ID: BSB50520 State ID: BFS8
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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 our Online courses can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component or assessment which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and on campus learning. We’ll let you know what's required for your course. For all the details and a full list of Online courses, check out the Online study and application page.

  • Contribute to the maintenance and digitisation of library collections
  • Provide leadership for library teams, customer service and stakeholder relationships
  • 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
  • Resolve client IT problems
  • Develop an understanding of current library issues 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/online should aim to complete the qualification within 18 months.
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 may 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

Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2021 (fees are subject to change in 2022). Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T  1300 300 822

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Semester 1, 2022

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2022
Where Perth
How Online
Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2022
Where Perth
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2022

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Perth
How On Campus

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