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Intern and Volunteer Program

TSLA welcomes interns and volunteers who would like to be involved in aspects of library and archival work. Students enrolled in a school or university program may study here as interns, while any member of the community may serve as a volunteer. All interested candidates should be detail-oriented and have some background in history or library work.

Opportunities are available in the areas described below. Click on the headings to see specific information about intern/volunteer projects in each area. Use the link at the bottom of the page to apply for a position.

You'll be amazed at all you can learn by getting involved at TSLA!

Planning and Development
The Planning and Development Section of TSLA provides assistance to local public libraries throughout the state.  Seven staff members provide statewide consultation and leadership in the areas of library technology, grant management, library construction, statistics, collection development, cataloging … [More]

Library Technical Services
Library Technical Services (LTS) at TSLA is responsible for making library materials available for research.  LTS acquires, processes, and catalogs materials in all formats and maintains the online catalog. This section also collects and preserves state and federal documents and prepares newspapers for microfilming … [More]

Public Services
Public Services opens the TSLA collections to users of all types by offering traditional and web-based reference services. We provide public access for young learners as well as scholars to state and federal records; letters, diaries, and ledgers; photographs; oral history interviews; genealogical materials … [More]

Preservation Services
Preservation Services ensures that the TSLA collections will be available to the public for generations to come, through the preservation microfilming program and a hands-on conservation lab. Today we are moving forward in every aspect to bring modern technology to the traditional preservation duties of TSLA … [More]

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) is responsible for loaning Braille, audio, and large print publications to any resident of the State of Tennessee who has a physical disability which prevents them from reading standard print. Qualifying disabilities include: blindness, low-vision, manual dexterity problems that prevent the individual from holding a book and/or turning pages and reading disabilities.

If you are interested in submitting an application, please click here and submit your entire application to

If you have questions, please email the intern/volunteer coordinator at

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