Volunteering at the State Library 

Volunteering at the State Library offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to discover our resources and collections, to interact with our clients and be involved in the many events held at the State Library.

As a volunteer, you could be involved in sorting and indexing collection materials, ushering at concerts, assisting at book launches, helping with school holiday activities or carrying out minor documents repairs with our Conservation team. 

Volunteering will provide you with an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the State Library and community as a whole.

If you would like to discuss volunteering at the State Library please contact Mary Doyle on (08) 9427 3327 or email volunteers@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Spotlight on volunteers

Each month we spotlight the great work that one or a group of volunteers do for the State Library

Ray Omodei

Ray Omodei and Perth theatre history

Ray Omodei CITWA helped to create theatre history in Western Australia over the last five decades. Now Ray is archiving the same history as a volunteer at the State Library of WA.  

Ray Omodei, aged 79, was Associate Director and Director of the Writers Workshop at the National Theatre Company at the Playhouse. He was Resident Director of the Old Tote Theatre Company in Sydney, Artistic Director of the Mason Miller Theatre Company, the Foundation Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of WA and the long serving Artistic Director of the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company. 

Ray is now collecting and archiving artefacts to create an historical collection of the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company. The Company was active in different locations in Perth from the early 1960s until 2004. Ray is still very passionate about theatre and loves to share his stories about his highly respected work in theatre and his work as a volunteer as the State Library.

"I started collecting and categorising the artefacts five years ago," he said. "At first, I thought it would take me two years. But I think I will now need another two years to finish the work. I want to create a complete overview of all the performances of the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company. We managed to rescue a lot as some documents were under risk from ending up in the bin."

Ray is working his way through an impressive collection of boxes. "There is a lot of information already available, but there are still items missing," Ray said. "I know where I can go if I want to find them; the main goal is to offer all the details of every play with a program, poster, pictures and reviews." 

Ray said the Hole in the Wall brought revolutionary theatre to the people of Perth, but the collection at the State Library did not only tell the story of the Hole in the Wall, it told the story of theatre in Perth.

Ray not only enjoys browsing through the history he helped to create, he is also very happy to spend time with staff and volunteers. 

"I like the fact that there is such a warm and friendly atmosphere at the State Library," he said. "It feels like a family; the staff working with the volunteers are doing a wonderful job."

Current Positions 

Please note that the State Library screens its volunteers and some positions may require a Police Clearance or Working With Children Card.

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