At Libraries Tasmania we love our volunteers!

Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us deliver high-quality services to the communities we support across Tasmania.

They share their knowledge, skills and time with our members, visitors, and staff.

Sunday 5 December is International Volunteer Day, and we are celebrating our volunteers!

From adult learning mentors and literacy tutors to State Library and Archive Service volunteers and Home Library Service couriers, to those who support 26TEN and our digivols online, our volunteers are valued by all areas of Libraries Tasmania. Thank you to all our generous and dedicated volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Libraries Tasmania in 2022, read the Libraries Tasmania Volunteer Information Guide and complete an expression of interest form.

Summer school holidays are here!

Our summer holiday program for kids – Solve It @ Your Library! – will be kicking off on 20 December 2021 and continue until the end of January 2022.

There are heaps of things for YOU to Solve It @ Your Library this summer… what to read, where to find answers, what to do, how to have FUN! And, the more time you spend reading, the more chances you have to win a Nintendo Switch!

Drop into to your local library to pick up your Solve It @ Your Library reading and activity booklet or download a copy here. Remember to register with your local library to enter the competition.

Parents can also enjoy a well-earned break with loads of fun Libraries Tasmania activities and workshops to keep the kids busy and entertained across the summer!

To find out what’s on offer and to register, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library. Bookings are essential.

Go digital this December

What a busy year it’s been at Libraries Tasmania!

We’ve had an incredible year, sharing our programs, collections, and events with you.

Some of our highlights include the 91 STORIES exhibition, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at George Town Library and Launceston Library, Book Week across all our public libraries, 26TEN Week, celebrating Launceston Library’s 50th anniversary, 150 Years of Tasmanian Railways and Stories After Dark.

Thank you to our amazing members and visitors who make our libraries the thriving spaces that they are.

The library in your pocket

We’re very excited to be expanding our digital offerings this month! December can be a busy time for many of us and making time to read and relax isn’t always at the top of the list… but we’re making it easy with the launch of our new, free Libraries Tasmania Lending App.

Using the app, you can access your membership, place holds, and browse the full Libraries Tasmania collection. The app is now available for download to any iOS or Android device.

And don’t forget all our existing eLibrary options that are designed so you can get your library fix straight to your device! We have thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, music and more.

Simply search the Libraries Tasmania eLibrary or download Libby, BorrowBox, or Story Box Library straight to your iOS or Android device.

Are movies your thing? You can stream movies for free with your Libraries Tasmania membership via Beamafilm.

If you’re looking for something digital to keep you busy, why not volunteer for Digivol.

Our Digivol volunteers transcribe and index information from our fascinating and unique Tasmanian collections. They play an important role in making our collections available for use globally!

Are you still keen to visit the library in person?

Get crafty, thoughtful, and adventurous by attending one of our local events this month:

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library.

Holiday opening hours

Happy holidays from Libraries Tasmania!

What a year it has been. We hope you enjoy the festivities.

In anticipation of the holiday break, our libraries will all be closed by 5:00 pm (with some libraries closing earlier) on 24 December.

Check in with your local library to confirm opening hours during this period.

All public libraries around the state will be closed on:

  • Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December
  • Monday 27 December
  • Boxing Day, Tuesday 28 December
  • New Year’s Day, Monday 3 January 

The following libraries will be open from 29 to 31 December:

  • Burnie Library
  • Devonport Library
  • Glenorchy Library
  • Hobart Library
  • Kingston Library
  • Launceston Library
  • Rosny Library
  • The State Library and Archive Service

All other libraries will be closed from 25 December 2021 to 3 January 2022.

50 Years Young: 50 Years of Launceston Library

Launceston Library celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, 8 October 2021. Staff were thrilled to present a day of cake, music, plaque unveiling, exhibitions and more to its valued community.

At the centre of the celebration was an exhibition that showcased many fascinating photographs, newspaper articles from The Examiner, old membership cards, architectural drawings of the 1970s library and fascinating objects used to provide services over the past 50 years.

The original library was opened Former Governor-General, Lord Casey in Civic Square – to much hurrah! – on 8 October 1971.

A plaque organised by the Friends of the Launceston Library was unveiled to pay homage to the Launceston Mechanics Institute, the precursor to the Launceston Library. Coincidentally, Dr Cornelius Casey – Lord Casey’s grandfather – was the president of the Launceston Mechanics Institute when it opened next door to the library site, in 1860.

November is… Trying something new!

In November at Libraries Tasmania, we are trying out new things, engaging with different ideas, and developing skills!

Developing skills and thinking a little differently is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, rediscovering one of your passions or interested in meeting people, we can help you along the way.

November events and workshops:

Learn something new online…

Are you keen to learn, but can’t come into the library in person? If so, you might be interested in reading the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog, viewing one of our online exhibitions or watching one of the incredible films from the Tasmanian Archives.

If you have a special interest that isn’t covered in one of our workshops, try searching the Libraries Tasmania catalogue and order a book on the topic via our holds service.

November for the kids…

The little ones are always learning, and as usual, we have something to engage the youngest to the oldest of the lot.

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

Author talk: Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer

On 29 October at 5:30 pm, Australian author Chris Hammer will be live in conversation with Tasmanian author Heather Rose, discussing Chris’ latest novel Treasure & Dirt.

Chris Hammer will be dialling in from Canberra, while Heather Rose will be in-person at Hobart Library… and you’re invited!

Chris is the bestselling author of Scrublands, and Treasure & Dirt centres around the story of small town, Finnigans Gap, where an opal miner is found dead and decaying in a mine.

A story of opals and redemption, Treasure & Dirt is a standalone thriller by a leading author in Australian Noir.

If you can’t make it to Hobart Library for the event, it will be livestreamed at select libraries across Tasmania.

Registrations for this event are essential, as capacity will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

You can register online for a free ticket at your preferred location:

If you’re keen to read, borrow Treasure & Dirt from Libraries Tasmania today.

Get Online Week

Get Online Week is a week-long annual campaign supporting people to improve their digital skills and close the digital divide.

This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from 18 – 24 October 2021.

Some of our special Get Online Week events include:

Everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no-one should be left behind, so we’re proud to be supporting this initiative again this year. To find out what your library is offering, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

October is… Celebrating literacy!

This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!

Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.

While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.

So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:

  • Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
  • Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
  • All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
  • Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
  • Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:

  • Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
  • Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
  • 26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
  • Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October

Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

26TEN Week

As a major contributor to 26TEN, and in our role as member of the 26TEN Network, Libraries Tasmania is proud to be part of the coordinated efforts to raising awareness of adult literacy and numeracy in our state.

26TEN Week runs from 25 to 29 October. This year’s 26TEN Week celebrates the ‘small steps, big changes’ that can occur for anyone when they start their journey towards better literacy and numeracy skills.

Read about what’s planned during 26TEN Week, and access resources and tools here: 26TEN Week 2021

Libraries Tasmania supports Tasmanians with their literacy and numeracy all year round.

If you would like help with your literacy or numeracy skills, or would like to help others with theirs, please visit the Libraries Tasmania literacy website.