Work With Us

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Work Experience

Community Service

Industry Placements


See City of Monash jobs  for all job descriptions and application information. Jobs are advertised there and on

For general  information about library work, careers and employment, we recommend the site of  Australian Library & Information Association.


Volunteers are often required for the Home Library Service.  If you wish to help with providing this service, please contact the Positive Ageing Librarian on (03) 9560 1655

Work Experience

Student at work in the library

About Us

Monash Public Library Service (MPLS) commenced operations in 1994 with the amalgamation of the former Cities of Oakleigh and Waverley. The Library Service has

  • Six library branches: Clayton, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Oakleigh and Wheelers Hill which are open a total of 323 hours per week
  • MPLS supports two historical societies by providing facilities and staff assistance at the Monash Federation Centre in Oakleigh and the Mount Waverley Library
  • A Home Library Service for people who cannot access the library
  • Specialist collections in 19 languages, and
  • A website at which provides 24/7 access to our online catalogue and databases.

In 2014/15 Monash Public Library Service issued 1,965,982 loans and online transactions, including 197,849 CALD loans, had 1,018,090 customer visits, purchased 52,179 new library resources, hosted 261,604 public PC and WiFi sessions, answered 85,691 reference enquiries, and held 1,946 programs or activities with 68,500 attendees.

The Library is highly valued by the community. Each year the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) coordinates a Community Satisfaction Survey for Local Governments to measure how Victorian residents rate the performance of their Local Government. Libraries and Culture has consistently scored highly in this survey, with a score of 75 in 2015.

For more information please see the Monash Public Library Service Strategic Plan 2015-2018

About You

Work Experience – Library Customer Service

Monash Public Library Service offers work experience to secondary students.

Our work experience program aims to showcase to students the diverse range of work undertaken by our library and helps students to explore their interests and align school studies with career aspirations.

Students wishing to complete a placement should possess:

  • friendly, outgoing and energetic customer service skills
  • curiosity in learning and an interest in technologies
  • a community-minded response to enquiries
  • a methodical and common sense approach to the maintenance of the collection; and
  • the ability to engage positively with the culturally diverse population of the City of Monash

Eligibility Requirements 

When can I apply?

Applications for 2017 opened Tuesday 31 January 2017.

 For placements up until end of Term 2 – applications are closed.

  • For placements up until end of Term 4 – applications must be received by Friday 23 June 2017 

Placements are available during the school term only. No applications will be accepted after the closing dates.

How to apply

If you are interested in pursuing a career in galleries, libraries, archives, museums or records, and you meet the requirements, complete the form  Application for Work Experience 2017 (PDF, 216KB)

First, save the form (a word document)  to your own computer. Fill it in on your computer,  according to the instructions.  Save the  completed form, and attach it to an email that is addressed to:  using the words Work Experience as the subject heading of the email.

Community Service

Students who wish to apply for Community Service placement should visit their preferred library branch and speak to the Administration Officer after 1 February 2017. Email applications will not be accepted

Industry Placements

Are you a tertiary student completing information management or library technician studies?

Contact our Service Development Librarians on (03) 9561 6211, or email, to apply for industry placement.

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Last updated: 29 March 2017