Get Curious

This year, Libraries Tasmania will be celebrating the key cultural collections of the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

We will be inviting you once again to discover more about Tasmania’s past, and how you can play a role in telling Tasmania’s stories. 

So, get ready to… Get Curious!

Many Tasmanians sent us their favourite object, image or manuscript from the collections of the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts to create the beautiful 91 Stories Exhibition in 2021.

This year we will delve deeper into just a few of the 91 Stories. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events and to hear from our archivists and people in our community with connections to these stories, who will help bring them to life.

Rediscover our 91 STORIES online exhibition.

Hello, have we met?

The library is here for you. Whether you’re visiting in person or online, you can enjoy having an extra place to spend time – at your library!

The last few years have changed how we live and communicate. Libraries Tasmania is here to help you adapt to the changing times through our digital literacy sessions and helpful IT volunteers! Why not see if there is a digital session near you on Eventbrite?

We’re here for you! Make the library your space. If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, send us a message, call or talk to your local library. No matter where you are, Libraries Tasmania is a safe and welcoming space to choose books, use the computer or just sit and listen to music. Visit our website for contact details.

Do you love your library? Why not pop in and collect a free “I Love My Library” bumper sticker or “Follow your curiosity” bookmark?

Have you been to the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Nestled within the State Library and Tasmanian Archives building at 91 Murray Street Hobart, is the hidden gem the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. The unmissable exhibition Vision of a palawa, showcasing Rodney Gardner’s contemporary watercolours, and illustrations from the Tasmanian Archives, is open with free entry until 12 March 2022.

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Rodney Gardner.

If you can’t catch the exhibition watch behind the scenes footage of the exhibition and learn about Rodney Gardner’s artistic practice online.

Isn’t it good, Taswegian Wood

Listen to our very own State Library of Tasmania Librarian, Ali Marchant, discuss the history of willow in Tasmania with ABC presenter Helen Shield.

Learn about experiments in growing cricket bat willow trees and a wooden cricket pitch on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Blog.

March is for…. exploring programs and events at a library near you!

Leap into something new this March! Why not learn a new tech skill? Or discover your family history?

Come along this month:

  • Join the Tuesday Book Club at Devonport, for those who want to have a chat and discover a new read.
  • Want to know what’s happening in the tech world? Tech-Talk and Tea at Devonport Library explores the latest technology in a question-friendly session.
  • Family History DNA @ Bridgewater Library will help you discover how to get a DNA test for Family History research.
  • You can even watch a movie at Bridgewater Library’s free showing of The Railway Man.
  • Get active and have a mental health chat at the Rosny Library Wellness Walk held every month.
  • Refresh your knowledge or start from scratch with Internet and Computer basics at Hobart Library.
  • Embrace the opportunity to chat with fellow budding authors at Kingston Library’s Writers’ Space.

Can’t make it to a library space? Browse the eLibrary or view our film collections and past online programs on YouTube. Check out our carefully selected eBooks for reading in various community languages for Harmony Week.

To discover the full range of exciting events, see Eventbrite.

Follow your curiosity…Become a member!

Have you ever wondered what a library membership could mean for you?

You might be asking… “what can I access for free?” or “will a library membership suit my busy lifestyle?”

Having a library membership can make your life easier and open your world to information and resources that you may not be able to access otherwise.

You can access our free online and physical resources from anywhere in the state if you’re a library member, it’s easy!

Members get free access to:

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • online magazine and newspapers
  • TV, film and music streaming
  • books, CDs and magazines
  • bilingual books and newspapers
  • online language and literacy courses.

Do you know your child can become a library member?

Children can become a member from birth and have their own personal library card.

Do you know a new parent who would love to read their little one board books?

Baby book packs make it easy to choose! Baby book packs are curated by our librarians and help the learning and development of children from 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3 years old.

There are many other children’s resources that can be accessed with a library membership.

Do you know library members can access our Home Library Service?

The Home Library Service can help library members!

Home Library Service is a free and convenient way for homebound residents to maintain a vital connection with all that the library offers by becoming a library member and registering for home delivery.

Do you know that if you are couch surfing, travelling or homeless you are still eligible for library membership?

We have options for people in difficult circumstances. You can become a member without a permanent address!

If you or someone you know would love a membership, it’s as easy as signing up online or visiting a local library in person.

Where will your library membership lead you?

Become a member online or visit your local library to join in person.