Library Placements Program

As part of our community engagement and commitment to the library industry, the University of Newcastle Library welcomes applications for short, unpaid, work-based learning placements from tertiary students undertaking Information Studies; or from secondary students interested in the library profession.

The Library promotes an inclusive workplace culture that values diversity and welcomes work placement requests from students from other tertiary and secondary institutions.


Our Library Work Experience and Student Placement program facilitates tertiary and secondary students to obtain valuable experience with real life skills to complement their study.

Participating students will be able to observe and participate in essential functions and processes throughout the Library and Gallery.


  • applications are via the ‘Work Placement Request Form
  • the placement program is structured around two intakes per year with a restricted number of participants
  • placements are undertaken at either the Callaghan or Ourimbah Campuses only
  • each student will have a designated work supervisor for the duration of their placement.

Timing of Placements

The Library accepts work placement requests for our two semester intakes:

Semester One - April - July*

Applications Close:  Last week of February
*specific dates to be negotiated.

Semester Two - August – November*

Applications Close:  Last week of June
*specific dates to be negotiated.

More information

The placement student will:

  • be covered by appropriate insurance through their school/institution for the duration of the placement, e.g. public liability and workers compensation
  • attend during standard business hours, i.e. 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday - One-hour lunch break daily; refrigerator available for storing a packed lunch or several options on campus for purchasing lunch
  • be required to adhere to the Code of Conduct and our Library Standards of Behaviour
  • not receive any payment from the University or the Library for work experience.

Contact Library Business Services

T: (02) 4921 7147

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