The North West Department of Public Works and Roads is offering a Library Intern Vacancy aimed at promoting equal opportunity and affirmative action. The department seeks to reflect diversity in its workforce, encompassing race, gender, and disability.

This position is tailored for unemployed graduates holding a diploma or degree in Library and Information Science, providing them an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector.

Library Intern Vacancy Overview

  • Position: Library Intern
  • Reference Number: H/O 004/2024
  • Stipend: R7,043.31 per month
  • Contract Duration: 24 months
  • Location: Head Office, Mmabatho
  • Closing Date for Applications: 07 May 2024


  • Grade 12 Certificate: Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, which is essential for foundational knowledge and skills.
  • National Diploma/Bachelor Degree in Library & Information Science: A tertiary qualification in Library and Information Science is required. This education will provide the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for effective library management.

Ideal Candidate Profile

For the Library Intern Vacancy, the department is looking for a candidate who embodies the following qualities:

  • Detail-Oriented: Pays close attention to the details of every task and project.
  • Organized: Maintains an orderly approach to all aspects of work.
  • Passionate about Public Service: Driven by a desire to serve and positively impact the community.
  • Community Development Enthusiast: Eager to contribute to community growth and improvement.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills: Able to communicate effectively and work well with others.
  • Proactive Attitude: Takes initiative and anticipates needs without being prompted.
  • Versatile: Ready and willing to take on a variety of tasks and responsibilities in the library setting.
  • Computer Literacy: Proficiency in computer use, especially in library database software, Microsoft Office Suite, and internet research.
  • Information Management: Understanding of information collection, organization, and preservation techniques.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with library patrons and colleagues.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to identify issues and generate solutions promptly and effectively.
  • Adaptability: Capable of adjusting to new challenges and changes in a dynamic work environment.
  • Customer Service Orientation: A strong focus on providing outstanding service to library users.
  • Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, contributing to a supportive and positive work atmosphere.
  • Ethical and Professional Conduct: Demonstrates integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their role.


The selected candidate for the Library Intern Vacancy will be expected to undertake a variety of tasks that are crucial for the efficient operation and outreach of the library:

  • Assisting in Daily Operations: Help in managing the day-to-day activities of the library, ensuring smooth and efficient operations. This includes shelving books, maintaining the cleanliness of library spaces, and handling check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Managing Library Resources: Support in cataloging, sorting, and systematic arrangement of books and multimedia resources. Ensure that library materials are preserved and accessible to all patrons.
  • Public Engagement: Actively assist library users by providing information and responding to inquiries. Guide users in locating and using library resources effectively, including databases and other online tools.
  • Community Outreach: Participate in the development and implementation of outreach programs that promote library services to the wider community. This includes workshops, book clubs, and literacy programs for different age groups.
  • Educational Programs: Help organize and conduct educational sessions that enhance the learning experience of visitors. These may include reading sessions, author visits, educational workshops, and presentations on effective research techniques.
  • Event Coordination: Assist in planning and executing library events such as book launches, author signings, and cultural events that engage the community and promote the library as a community hub.
  • User Experience Improvement: Contribute to projects aimed at improving the user experience within the library. This could involve feedback collection, analysis, and implementation of improvements based on patron suggestions.

Application Process

Applications can be forwarded to:

  • Postal Address: Human Resource Management, Public Works and Roads, Private Bag X2080, Mmabatho, 2735.
  • Hand Delivery: Registry Office no. 133, Ground Floor, East Wing – Old Parliament Building Complex, Modiri Molema Road.
  • Note: It is crucial to indicate the field of study, the centre, and the reference on the application.

Related: Registering on the ESSA Labour Database for Government Jobs

Selection Process

Shortlisted candidates will undergo a series of suitability checks and interviews. Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications, experience, and fit for the role. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Additional Information

For more details, applicants may contact Ms. M.E Motshologane at Tel No: (018) 388 4256. Please note that communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only.

This Library Intern Vacancy offers an incredible opportunity for aspiring library professionals to develop skills in a supportive public sector environment, allowing them to make a significant impact while gaining hands-on experience that will benefit their future career pursuits.