Season’s Greetings! Libraries Tasmania opening hours over the holiday period

It’s almost the end of the year! Please note Libraries Tasmania’s opening hours across the Christmas and New Year period.

Opening hours at Burnie, Devonport, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingston, Launceston, Rosny, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, and the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room:

  • Friday, 23 December 2022 – Normal hours
  • Saturday, 24 December 2022 – Normal hours
  • Sunday, 25 December 2022 – Closed as normal (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, 26 December 2022 – Closed (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday, 27 December 2022 – Closed (Christmas Day Public Holiday)
  • Wednesday, 28 December 2022 – Restricted hours: Normal opening time – closed by 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 29 December 2022 – Restricted hours: Normal opening time – closed by 5:00 pm
  • Friday, 30 December 2022 – Restricted hours: Normal opening time – closed by 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 31 December 2022 – Normal opening and closing time (major libraries only)
  • Sunday, 1 January 2023 – Closed as normal (New Year’s Day)
  • Monday, 2 January 2023 – Closed (New Year’s Day Public Holiday)
  • Tuesday 3 January 2023 – Normal hours

Opening hours at all other locations:

  • These libraries will open until the regular closing time on Saturday, 24 December 2022 (if the library is normally open on a Saturday), and will remain closed until Tuesday, 3 January 2023, when normal hours resume.

Have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday break, from all of us at Libraries Tasmania!

Behind the scenes with our conservation team

Our highly skilled team of conservation experts always have fascinating projects on the go.

An acquisition of a group of cased images and miniatures by English-Australian artist, photographer and engraver, Thomas Bock (1790–1855), was recently checked, treated and rehoused by the Libraries Tasmania conservation team and is now housed in the Allport collection.

We thought you may like a peek into the delicate work that keeps these treasures in good condition…

Miniature portrait of Isabella Lewis (nee Mackellar)

This item was loose in its frame, had no protection on the back, and the glass cover was dirty.

Conservator Stephanie McDonald carefully removed the locket from the frame by bending the metal tabs with padded tweezers.

She then cleaned the glass with cloth, fabricated a shaped piece of museum board, and a dust cover from black cotton paper (which was sanded and adhered with an archival EVA and starch paste mix). The additional backing meant that the locket was no longer loose.

Reference: FA1346 Miniature portrait of Isabella Lewis (nee Mackellar) in Japanned frame. Location:

Daguerreotype portrait of David Lewis

This item’s embossed leather case was broken at the hinge, so Stephanie McDonald, our conservator, repaired it with Japanese paper inserted under the leather of the spine and adhered with starch paste. The Japanese paper was retouched with watercolour.

photo of portrait box side on

The daguerreotype glass cover was also cleaned, and the package reassembled.

Reference: FA1347 Daguerreotype portrait of David Lewis in an embossed leather case. Location: 

Collection storage

Finally, to house the entire collection safely, conservation officer Gaynor Tollard made small storage boxes with Ethafoam padding for each cased image, and a larger storage box to keep all the items together.

Every week our conservation team are working with some of Tasmania’s most rare and historic items to make sure they are stored safety for future generations.

National Family History Month

Records and indexes and archives, oh my!

Have you ever wondered what history your home holds? Is there talk about a long-lost family farm? Do you have a family tree that spans the world?

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and our State Library, Tasmanian Archives and Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts at Libraries Tasmania are hosting talks that will spark your interest. Hosted by historians and family history experts, the talks will take you on a journey as you discover how to use convict records, the Names Index, TROVE, our Tasmanian Archives, and more.

Can’t make it in person? Sign up for the webinars and enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Whether you’re new to family history research or a seasoned expert, why not try one of our many fascinating Family History Month talks – here is just a selection from Eventbrite:

Keep up with the current conversation on Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud. Download the Family History Month talks program here (PDF, 2.5MB)

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

Celebrate winter – dive into dark nights and discover Stories After Dark at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on 18 June!

What happens inside Hobart’s iconic 91 Murray Street building when the lights go out?

You will have the chance to find out, as the doors stay open after dark… and the walls, ceilings, floors and stairwells light up to become a mesmerising digital canvas.

Stories After Dark is open to the public on Saturday 18 June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Libraries Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information see our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

Winter is here … Enjoy our collections from the comfort of your couch

Choose a cosy corner of your choice to curl up with a book from our lending collection. Or simply browse new items and place holds from your phone using our new lending app.

If it’s too cold to go out, select an e-book or watch a movie from our expanding eLibrary, stream through Beamafilm or enjoy browsing through the Australasian Video Online films and documentaries.

It’s Pride Month, when we celebrate the culture and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Intersex, Queer and gender diverse individuals and communities and progress.

Read widely: Love isn’t the only thing at stake in the enemies-to-lovers e-story Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through in the delightful queer love story Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. See our permanent list of LGBTIQA+ eBooks on our website here.

Let our music collections shape your day

Harbour a quiet preference for classical or world music? Discover Naxos Music Library – stream free content from your phone, tablet or PC. Change it up with Naxos Jazz for something new. 

What stories in your past are held by our treasure trove?

Get Curious! Discover your own stories by digging deeper into our Tasmanian Archives to find your family’s convict records, photos, orphan home records and more.

Help a friend rediscover the joy of reading

Did you know Libraries Tasmania is helping hundreds of adults become better readers? If you know someone who needs literacy support, encourage them to ask about help with reading and writing at their local library.

Warm up with an exhibition or three!

Spoil yourself and enjoy our warm exhibition spaces this month! Get Curious and take your time amongst our displays and exhibitions:

  • The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Listen and watch the installation and learn more about the vibrant retelling of the Tasmanian Aboriginal history of Tasmania.

Have you driven through Geilston Bay in Hobart recently and wondered about the new mural on our repository?

The mural on the walls of the new Geilston Bay Repository was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. The work, Waves of Time, was created by contemporary artist Josh Foley.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania this May

Visit Libraries Tasmania this May and find something to enjoy at any age!

Join us for National Simultaneous Storytime on 25 May at your local library.

Each year a story written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read at the same time across Australia. This year’s book is Family Tree, written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

Take the grandkids for a morning out at Rock & Rhyme or Storytime

Remember singing rhymes to the kids when they were little? Rediscover the joy of singing in a small group at our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions, on at your local library.

Spaces for everyone

In a mood to simply relax? Come in and find a quiet spot to sit and reflect, read a magazine, catch up with friends or surf the internet. Libraries have spaces for everyone to enjoy.

We love our volunteers! This month, we are celebrating the volunteers who make such a large contribution to Libraries Tasmania.

Have you thought of volunteering at Libraries Tasmania?

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by registering your interest – there are various roles to choose from.

The library in your pocket

All members have access to our eLibrary. You can connect using your own device.

Download eBooks or eAudiobooks to your phone for free and access them when it suits you.

Did you know that you can manage your library membership and loans using the Libraries Tasmania Lending app? Download the app today.   

Open the magic world of Story Box Library for free with your library membership – view Australian and New Zealand storytellers reading aloud selected children’s books.

No fixed address?

Whether you are couch-surfing at a friend’s, or staying in temporary accommodation, visit your local library and become a member. We have relaxed our address requirements to make it easier for you. Access all our resources, for free, anywhere.

Discover the true story of William Lanney

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Attend one of the thought-provoking discussions in May at the Allport to learn more about the life of William Lanney.  

Enjoy the history of Cadbury’s at Claremont

Marvel over chocolate wrapper designs from the 1930s.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room.

If you can’t make it in person, take a peek at some incredible images from Cadbury’s.

The Tasmanian Archives Research Files 

How do we make sure that remote researchers have access to the same research material as locals?

These files can now be discovered through a simple search in the Tasmanian Names Index. Read more here.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help finding our wonderful resources, contact your local library.

Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks

Get curious! Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts for the monthly historical talk series, Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks.

Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks, are a series of monthly public lectures held at the State Library of Tasmania, and are jointly sponsored by the State Library and Archive Service and the Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania (PHA (Vic & Tas)).

Each month you can expect to hear from a professional historian, academic or researcher on the interpretation, documentation and communication of history and the present day.

The talks are presented by professional historians or experts in their field on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm, and are aimed at a diverse audience of researchers, the public and people who like to expand their knowledge of Tasmania’s history and heritage.

Upcoming talk 2 June: Unfortunately due to illness June’s talk is cancelled

Catch up with past talks on the Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud and YouTube

Upcoming talk 7 July: ‘Conflicting view of the palawa people in early vandemonian newspapers‘ with Leon Atkinson-MacEwan

Details and registration to be open in the coming weeks. See Eventbrite for updates.

To find out more about our past and future events, see the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Art’s Eventbrite page.

‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont

Did someone say chocolate? How delightful!

Savour Tasmania’s rich history in chocolate making and enjoy our Cadbury’s display By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont.

Visit in person: On display at Burnie Library until 9 October; 30 Alexander Street, Burnie. The next location is to be advised.

View online: See a selection of the Tasmanian Archives Cadbury’s collection online on Flickr, and images from Cadbury’s from our catalogue.

Read the research blog: Learn about the Model Factory at Cadbury’s Claremont in the research blog.

Showcasing historic photographs, film, illustrations, and product artworks from our Tasmanian Archives and items loaned from the Hodgman family, ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont highlights one of Tasmania’s most recognised institutions – the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.

Opening in October 1922 and developed according to Quaker ideals, the factory included housing for staff, recreation and education facilities – including a library and a cricket ground. Included in the display is information about the history of the company and its connections to dairy and fruit industries around Tasmania.

At the centre of the Reading Room display is a collection of original sketches and mock-ups drawn by Vernon Hodgman (1909 – 1984). Vernon Hodgman was a commercial artist and industrial designer at Cadbury’s Claremont between 1928 and 1940, and in 1945 became the Head of the Design Studio. These items are on loan from the Hodgman Family.

The exhibition is a celebration of our local community, shared knowledge and creativity. From family members, factory tours and primary producers, the Cadbury’s brand has touched many Tasmanian families and is a world recognised name.

Curious about what else you might find in the Tasmanian Archives? Home to more than 1.2 million archive and heritage items, you can explore the archives from your own device including the many images from Cadbury’s through our website.

Get curious! What will you discover?

Image: Cadbury Factory, Joyce in cocoa bean store, “Cadburys – A Cake of Chocolate”

The library is your oyster

This April, we are inviting you to explore all that we have on offer.

Enjoy our exhibitions and displays.

Experience the delights of chocolate making in Tasmania’s south.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room and online.

Looking for a contemporary retelling of Tasmanian history?

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Experience the story of William Lanney as it’s never been told before.

Can’t come to an exhibition in person? Go behind the scenes with the Allport Curator and artists online.

Join a program or event for adults, at our public libraries across the state:

Or, for the kids:

Visit Eventbrite for events at your local library.

Have you ever wanted to join a book club?

We are partnering with Overdrive to bring you two virtual book clubs.

Ben’s Book Club is hosted by bestselling author Ben Hobson and focuses on a new book each month. Library Lovers is hosted by bestselling Maya Linnell and looks at books and magazines.

Each month you can download the selected titles with no holds or waitlist using the Libby App or from the OverDrive website using your Libraries Tasmania membership.

Expect interactive discussions with some of Australia’s most loved authors.

Register your interest online:

Big Library Read

Join in the Big Library Read from 4 to 18 April when readers around the world will all be reading the same book at the same time! This year’s title is Music is History by Questlove.

Our spaces are for everyone

Find a quiet space in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room, and study, work, or read in comfort.

Visit your local library to enjoy the children’s area and family friendly spaces.

Discover local and Tasmanian history through access to resources online and in person at your local library.

Or satisfy your curiosity by reading magazines, connecting with a class, or doing your own research… the choice is yours.

If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, contact your local library.

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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.