The University of Queensland Library

Working at UQ Library

The University of Queensland Library comprises thirteen branches located on the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses in several teaching hospitals. The Library has, in total, one of the largest collections amongst Australian academic libraries, and by far the largest collection in Queensland. The total stock of some 2 million volumes includes large collections of microform, audio-visual, and digital files.

The Library's staff provide a quality client service to over 30,000 students, 5,000 academic and general staff as well as the wider community. There are many levels of employment within the University of Queensland Library which allow for promotion and career opportunities. Graduates are employed in the Library as librarians, information technology professionals and specialist administrative staff. Library technicians and experienced library support staff are also employed by the Library to undertake specialist and supervisory roles. The Library's service delivery is also supported by Library Assistants, Service Support Attendants and casual staff.

The Library is committed to providing staff development and training support so that staff better achieve their duties and responsibilities and to assist staff members achieve their longer-term career goals.

For further information regarding employment opportunities at The University of Queensland Library see the UQ Library Careers Employment Opportunities guide.

Conditions of Employment

Conditions of employment for Library staff are governed by the University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement (General Staff) or by individual Australian Workplace Agreements. Supplementary conditions of service and other information are set out in the Handbook of University Policies and Procedures. Information about conditions of employment at The University of Queensland is available from the Future staff page on the University website.

Casual employment

The Library employs casual staff primarily to shelve books and provide customer service to library clients.

Expressions of interest in casual work can be lodged by submitting the 'Expression of Interest for Casual Employment' form. The data from this form will be retained by the Library for six months. Submitting a form does not guarantee that any form of employment will be offered. See the form for further information.


The recruitment of staff at The University of Queensland Library is governed by the University's Recruitment and Selection policy. Some positions which fall vacant within the Library may be advertised internally within the University and are open for application from University staff only. Other positions are advertised to the community at large via the Unijob website and the print media.

Applicants for positions should carefully note the requirements of the position in the position description and ensure that they address the selection criteria for the position in their application. Applicants should also peruse the documents contained in the Recruitment Information Kit for the position for which they are applying.

For information about current vacancies within the Library, if any, search the Seek jobs listing. [If there are no listings current for the Library, you may like to browse there for all UQ General vacancies]

The Human Resource and Staff Development Coordinator also maintains an electronic database of general applications from people interested in working for the University Library on a casual basis. (See the information about Casual Employment above.)

More information
Joanne Rutherford
Ms Joanne Rutherford
Human Resource and Staff Development Coordinator
Email: job applications
Phone: (07) 3365 2420
Fax: (07) 3365 7930
Ms Judy Ashwin
Human Resources Officer
Phone: (07) 3365 1761
Ms Karen Platz
Finance/Human Resources Officer
Phone: (07) 3346 9062
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