Our libraries… A place for everyone!

This May we’re featuring what Libraries Tasmania offers to Tasmanians of all ages. Whether you were born in 1920 or 2020, we have something for you!

Did you know that any Tasmanian resident can become a member of Libraries Tasmania, and that membership is free? You can join online or in person to access services for all ages, and enjoy a growing range of physical and digital collections.

FOR THE KIDS

After some great activities for your baby, toddler or pre-schooler? We offer our much-loved Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions, early learning resources for parents and carers, and online resources such as StoryBox Library, to excite little minds with the joy of stories. And what better way to begin your child’s reading and learning journey than with their very own library card?

Connect with your local library to explore the latest children’s books, DVDs and music, and find out what’s on offer for our youngest users. Your local library’s Facebook page and Eventbrite page are excellent resources for staying up to date on events and activities.

Tweens and teens don’t miss out, with access to PlayStation and Xbox, digital comics and other eResources, events such as National Simultaneous Storytime (19 May), our online language learning resources, and – of course – free WiFi in libraries.

FOR THE GROWN-UPS

We invite everyone to discover our book groups, take part in a digital literacy session, book a personal computer, come along to an Allport talk, and get involved with our vibrant volunteering opportunities (including the popular DigiVol activity).

Explore your family history through the Tasmanian Names Index, take advantage of the extended access to Ancestry and get expert help with your research, in person and online.

Become a member to access our full range of services, or just drop in and enjoy some quiet time during your busy day!

Our cultural collections are on show!

This April we’re excited to be showcasing our cultural collections – from rare books and manuscripts, to exquisite art exhibitions, to a living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, English and European decorative arts and furniture.

Did you know that Libraries Tasmania includes the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archives and The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts? These three cultural institutions (housed within the heritage-listed 91 Murray Street building) come together to tell the fascinating stories of Tasmanian – and we are inviting you to explore these stories, both in-person and online!

The State Library of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Archives provide access to the unique stories from our past. Explore our many historic Tasmanian images, including photos, paintings, drawings and more. There are currently more than 50,000 images online and we regularly add to them. Browse the images online or find more information about accessing and using images. Also check out our newly digitised items, ranging from convict and gaol records, employment and hospital records, letters, manuscripts, maps and plans to glass plate negatives, colonial artworks, historical artefacts and photographs.

We also have a rich collection of colonial paintings, furniture, books and decorative art, a re-created ‘house’ museum and a vibrant annual exhibition series (featuring works from the collection and contemporary Tasmanian artists) at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart’s hidden treasure that is housed on the foyer level of the 91 Murray Street building. Our current exhibition is the intriguing Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 – and you can ‘tour’ past exhibitons at the Allport through our Flickr page.

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Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769

25 March – 31 July 2021

Ease your travel itch…

With international travel restrictions still in place, the Allport takes you to Tahiti, albeit in 1769, showing you for the first time a selection of stunning Society Islands botanicals from Banks’ Florilegium.

The intricate botanical prints and rare journals on display are an enduring record of human survival, courage, curiosity, obsession and creativity.

Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 comprises framed botanical prints individually colour-printed in the 1980s, from the 18th century copperplate engravings of Sydney Parkinson’s drawings. Parkinson was the artist who drew the fresh plants collected in the Society Islands by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as part of Captain James Cook’s first voyage round the world.

Spend some time taking in the edible, the intoxicating and the medicinal details of the plants; well-known to the island people, but many of them entirely new to European botany at the time.

A beautiful colour catalogue and poster are available for sale.

Visit the exhibition in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts:

Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Open weekdays 9:30am – 5:00pm. Saturdays 9:30am – 2:00pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Wheelchair accessible. Free entry. Wi-Fi access

Contact the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Email: allport@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6165 5584
Website: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts