Diploma of Library and Information Services

National Code: BSB52115
TAFE SA Code: TP00895


This course is designed to provide or enhance the skills of individuals who perform a range of tasks and who work within a library or information management environment. It builds on the knowledge gained in the Certificate IV qualification.

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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Library Technician Library Technician

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions may apply to Subsidised Training.

Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Library technicians are skilled staff who manage and organise collections in conjunction with a librarian whose role is that of a manager. Working in libraries offers opportunities in accessing the latest information technology, helping people to source information and literature for pleasure and study, protecting freedom of access to information and enjoying a wide range of jobs for every interest.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Library and Information Services (BSB52115)
    This course teaches students how to provide quality customer service, support users in their use of multimedia technology and use cataloguing tools. Additionally, this course will increase student understanding of copyright requirements and workplace health and safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 12 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Consolidate and maintain industry knowledge 60
    Develop and promote activities, events and public programs 60
    Extend own information literacy skills to locate information 50
    Identify and resolve client ICT problems 40
    Lead team effectiveness 50
    Manage quality customer service 40
    Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist customers to access information 40
    Complete a range of cataloguing activities 100
    Contribute to collection management 50
    Ensure a safe workplace 60
    Implement preventive conservation activities 60
    Maintain digital repositories 45
    Manage personal work priorities and professional development 60
    Obtain information from external and networked sources 20
    Promote literature and reading 50
    Provide subject access and classify material 100
    Undertake project work 60
    Use and monitor advanced functions of integrated library management systems 35
    Use and respect copyright 50
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