Diploma of Library and Information Services

National Code: BSB50520
TAFE SA Code: TP01239


In this nationally recognised Diploma qualification, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in libraries. You will be able to take on a leadership role in leading your team, developing and promoting events and providing support to staff who manage collections.
Graduates of this course will be able to apply to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for professional organization (Library Technician) membership.

Your lecturers are library professionals with strong connections to South Australian libraries and remain up-to-date with industry best practice.

This course is accredited by ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association).

There is compulsory work placement of a minimum 70 must be undertaken as part of the course.

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18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Library Technician

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)

  • This course is either a blend of virtual online classes or face to face classes.
    You are encouraged to attend all scheduled classes at locations and times outlined in your information session.
  • Class times and days vary each Semester and will be advised prior to your first attendance.
  • We recommend undertaking two units of competency each term (equating to approximately 5-10 hours of study per week).

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need:

  • Computer skills to be able to navigate and use online content
  • To be interested in working with people
  • To have good communication skills

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need access to a computer and the internet.

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete a vocational placement of 70 hours to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need Working with Children check and a National Police check for your Vocational Placement.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 (BSB50520)
    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 4 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge 60
    Extend own information literacy skills to locate information 50
    Identify and resolve client ICT problems 40
    Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to collection Management 50
    Develop and promote library activities, events and public programs 60
    Implement customer service strategies 40
    Lead team effectiveness 50
    Maintain digital repositories 45
    Obtain information from external and networked sources 20
    Promote literature and reading 50
    Provide subject access and classify material 100
    Search library and information databases 30
    Undertake cataloguing activities 100
    Undertake project work 60
    Use Advanced Functions of Integrated Library Management Systems 35
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