Library and Information Services

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Sydney TAFE and your new career

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your career.

  • Leaving school? Our programs and support services will teach you workplace practices, attitudes and the foundation skills to launch your great career.
  •  Launching your career? Our courses are fully accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
  • Time for a change? Study while undertaking paid employment and have your previous experience recognised.

Flexible and fast-track options

Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life/work experience so you finish your qualification faster.

If you are already working in the industry and want to build on your career, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Sydney TAFE is always developing innovative ways to deliver its courses, including evening and online options. All library and information study courses are also available completely online.

From Sydney TAFE to a degree

Create your own pathway from a half-day course to a full diploma at Sydney TAFE.

Some higher level library or information services courses offer credit transfer so you may be able to fast-track a degree after you finish your Sydney TAFE course.

You may gain credit towards a degree at:

  • Charles Sturt University
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Australian Catholic University.

Build new career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set through other programs, from a certificate in office administration to a diploma in database design and development.

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Community Services
  • Business Management and Office Administration
  • Human Resources, WH&S and Training

Studying a library course

Stephanie Bailey worked in TV until she left to have her son.  She then followed her passion for museums and libraries to Sydney TAFE. She studied 3 days a week and worked part-time at Sutherland Library, with plenty of time for study and family. She wants to work in local history when she graduates, and has just secured a permanent part-time position in a library.


“I made some fantastic friends and found the teachers so supportive, knowledgeable, friendly and just fantastic. I also really enjoyed the process of studying again and pushing myself to learn new skills and subject matter. Actually, I loved everything - even the homework and assessments.”

An exciting future

Do you thirst for knowledge? Are you well organised and enjoy research?

Sydney TAFE information services and library courses can lead to a wide range of work environments including business, media, government, museums, galleries and schools.

You could become a librarian or a library technician or take a role in communication and education. You could manage an archive or assist with the development and maintenance of collections.

It’s your opportunity to assist clients and the public through managing systems and resources.


Industry partners include:

  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • TAFE Library Advisory Committee
  • Over 300 libraries within Sydney

Industry facts sourced from: Service Skills Australia Environmental Scan 2014; Job Outlook, Australian Government Department of Employment;

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