Autumn school holidays at Libraries Tasmania

We love the school holidays! School holiday activities at Libraries Tasmania are free and open to all children.

Keep the kids engaged with one of our school holidays activities.

If you’re in the north or north-west of Tasmania:

If you’re based in Southern Tasmania, take a look at Southern Libraries School Holiday Program.

Visit Eventbrite or get in touch with your local library to find out what’s happening near you. Don’t forget to register to secure your child’s spot!

Take & Make Bags

Keen to do some at-home activities during the holidays? Drop into Bridgewater, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huonville, Kingston, New Norfolk or Rosny to pick up a Take & Make Bag. They include autumn craft activities and a scavenger hunt!

Inspiring young readers

Did you know that children can have their own library card? A library membership can support your child’s literacy and learning needs.

Your child will have access to books, eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as great homework resources like the Britannica Library, alongside much more!

Visit your local library to sign up your child today.

Show the love this Library Lovers’ Day. Borrow, return or visit around the state!

Can you remember the first time you ever lost yourself in a book? The childlike feeling of tumbling into a new world? Or, falling in love with your favourite characters?

Libraries around Australia are asking their members to “show the love” on 14 February, and we’re inviting you to join in!

With 46 libraries in Tasmania, and one card for them all, we want you to show the love to libraries, near and far this February.

Did you know that you can borrow and return your book to any library in the state?

That’s right! Whether you’re holidaying at home, or adventuring, there’s a library close by for you to borrow, return or visit.

From the island town of Currie, to the forests of St Mary’s, to Kingston in the south, ten convenient 24/7 return chutes will guide your way.

Rediscover an old favourite or find a new story to cherish, then show the love by returning your items anywhere, anytime.

For more information, contact your local library or visit our locations map online.

Relax and explore this January

We are settling into summer at Libraries Tasmania, and this January it’s all about discovery.  

Escape into one of our online exhibitions from the comfort of your lounge room where you can view early paintings and photographs of Tasmania’s beautiful beaches or explore the wilds of the Tasmanian wilderness

Find your new favourite book in our eLibrary, sit back and relax with a magazine, or pick up one of the fresh new arrivals waiting to be borrowed. Don’t forget to check out the annual Libraries Tasmania Top 10s when they’re announced on 17 January!

Our librarians have been busy compiling eBook and eAudiobook recommendations for you this summer! Take a look here:

Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy our latest exhibition, Vision of a palawa. This unmissable exhibition features watercolours by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Rodney Gardner, alongside the newly uncovered original drawings of 19th century French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit.

Join in at one of our workshops across the state:

For the kids… We have a host of exciting activities for those young explorers. Take a look at the Libraries Tasmania summer holiday program and register for Solve It @ Your Library. Your child can even go in the draw to win a Nintendo Switch.

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

Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project

Many much-loved Australian books are now out of print and not easily accessible to readers.

Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project is a collaborative project between writers, researchers and libraries – including Libraries Tasmania – to renew access to beloved and long-lost books written by some of Australia’s favourite writers.

Tasmanian readers can now access more than 150 titles via BorrowBox, Libby and Overdrive with their Libraries Tasmania membership. To top it off, each time you borrow a book more funding goes to the author.

Rediscover your favourites all over again, including literary giants and popular authors such as Thea Astley, Ivan Southall, Libby Gleeson, Isobelle Carmody and Jackie French.

Read more about Untapped on their website, and explore the collection.

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 continuing until the end of January 2022.

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

Drop into to your local library to pick up a 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, as we have loads of fun Libraries Tasmania activities and workshops to keep the kids busy and entertained across the summer! Watch out for these exciting kids’ activities at your local library:

To find out what else is 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.