About the course

About the course

Play your part in the day to day running of libraries and information agencies. Our library and information services course will provide you with comprehensive training to excel in this environment. 

During our library and information services course you will gain advanced skills in:

  • how to review and maintain a website
  • communication and customer service
  • computer technology and how to provide customer IT support
  • using cataloguing tools and creating subject headings
  • creating a digital repository
  • how to develop and promote activities, events and public programs

The things you will gain from this course include completion of a professional placement in an information agency, descriptive metadata skills, promoting literature and library programs, customer service skills, information technology skills development and research expertise.

Our library and information services course can be studied on line, on campus or as a combination of both.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July for the on campus course. You can enrol at any time if choosing to study online.

Full time: 1 year (if February) and 18 months (if July)

Part time: up to 4 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our library and information services course you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as a Library Technician in a school, university or other educational institution, or in public, special, State or National libraries.

Employment opportunities also exist in corporate information agencies, booksellers, library supply agencies and library software suppliers.

You will be eligible for membership of ALIA, the Australian Library and Information Association , as a Library Technician.

This course is accredited by ALIA, the professional society for Library and Information professionals.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent, OR successfully completed Certificate IV in Library and Information Services, OR be a mature-age applicant
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • good computer skills


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion of our library and information services course will enable you to apply for entry, with advanced standing, into Bachelor courses in information related studies at several universities.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $6,160.00
Full Tuition Fee $11,980.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$582.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

Completion of 19 units: 7 core plus 12 elective units. The available units ensure eligibility for accreditation by ALIA as a Library Technician. 

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