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Did you know that membership is free and open to everyone in Tasmania, even if you’re just visiting?

Becoming a member of Libraries Tasmania gives you the option to borrow from any of our 45 libraries around the State and access our huge eLibrary, from your own device.

Soak up the wide range of member benefits – all for free!

Get the most out of your public library membership. Use your library card to borrow and return at any public library in Tasmania. Borrow books, console games, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines and more!

Read eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, stream movies and documentaries for free, on your own device, in your own space.

Do you read in a language other than English? Take a look at our bilingual book collections (Europe and Asia).

Keep up to date with the latest magazines, newspapers, and online encyclopedias.

Manage your account and your family’s loans in one place, using the Libraries Tasmania lending app.

Do you know someone who would love a library membership but can’t visit in person?

They may be eligible for our home library service. Speak to our staff for more information.

Sign up today – visit libraries.tas.gov.au/membership to find out how!

Step into your community this Seniors Week!

Seniors Week, from 17 to 23 October, is jam-packed with interesting activities. The program usually flies out the door at our libraries – why not try viewing the official Seniors Week program online this month and make your bookings for events at our libraries on Eventbrite?

Join the celebrations at your local library:

Don’t miss out! Register through Eventbrite, or contact your local library.

Get Online Week – 17 to 22 October

Do you or does someone you know struggle with using technology and connecting online?

We are here to help!

Libraries Tasmania is a leader in helping Tasmanians to develop their digital literacy skills and make full use of digital technologies and the benefits they bring.

We help people get online in our 45 locations around the state, by providing access to free WiFi and computers.

Digital skills vary widely in our community, and Libraries Tasmania assists clients to develop skills from the very basic, to the more complex.

All our support is free and our experienced staff in public libraries support people to develop the skills to access everyday services such as email, banking or their My Health Record, as well as to become producers of digital content themselves.

At the State Library of Tasmania Reading Room, and through our online chat service, we assist clients who already have good digital literacy skills to successfully use research databases to find the best results for their research project.

Our expertise in information management and technology makes us the perfect organisation to support Tasmanians to develop their own digital literacy skills.

Libraries Tasmania runs regular classes for free to support everyone to get online. Get Online Week is the perfect time to get free access to digital support that is always available at your library, giving everyone the digital skills for everyday life.

Our friendly staff are always at hand to help you troubleshoot something or give you advice.

Try an activity or class at your local library or search on Eventbrite:

Register through Eventbrite, or contact your local library.

Celebrating a decade of making a difference in 26TEN Week – 24 to 28 October

Since October 2012, 26TEN has been bringing together communities, businesses, government services and individuals to lift reading, writing and numeracy skills in Tasmania. This statewide collective impact approach is underpinned by strong commitment from the Tasmanian Government and has tri-partisan political support.

26TEN is also supported by a growing network of over 1135 organisations and individuals determined to make a difference.

Thousands of adults across the state have changed their lives by getting support to improve their skills. Libraries Tasmania’s literacy service has helped over 4650 adults as part of 26TEN. For all of us, learners, people who have supported someone to learn, and those whose families, businesses and communities have benefited from better literacy, this is worth celebrating.

Prize draw – How has 26TEN made a difference for you?

Enter our prize draw by sharing how 26TEN has made a difference for you, in a photo, video drawing or story. Every entry goes into the draw to win one of 26 Woolworths vouchers valued at $50. Find out more here – entries close 5:00 pm on 31 October.

Keep an eye out on the 26TEN Facebook page for events near you.

Find out about adult literacy and numeracy support in Tasmania!

  • Visit the 26TEN Facebook page.
  • See what’s on at your local library.
  • Watch the 2-minute inspiring video about learner Liz who gained confidence from the 26TEN program, learning to read.
  • Call the 26TEN helpline – 1300 00 2610 to find help near you.

At Libraries Tasmania our literacy service provides free confidential help in 20 locations around Tasmania. Support can be tailored to individuals one-to-one or in small groups.

Take a step to make a difference in your life.

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Day 2022 is on 7 September. 

Indigenous Literacy DayCelebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages – is proudly presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, supported by the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation supports remote communities by providing new, culturally relevant books and learning resources to children and families across Australia in their Book Supply Program.

Special event! George Town Community Hub will be celebrating National Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at our Bush Kinder program with families and children aged 0–5 years. Sammie-Jo will be sharing cultural stories and language followed by exploring the environment with nature play. 

Libraries across Tasmania will be celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day. Get in touch with your local library to join the celebration, or join the national event online from your own device.

Adult Learners Week 2022 – connect with learning at your local library

There are so many opportunities to learn at Libraries Tasmania. Learning something new can help you to create connections, keep your brain healthy, and of course, allow you to upskill.

Although learning as an adult can sometimes feel daunting, we’re here to help you along the way.

There is so much on offer at Libraries Tasmania, and what better time than Adult Learners Week 1 to 8 September to explore the options. Visit your local library to pick up a program and keep an eye on Eventbrite for workshops, classes or sessions.

A taster of Adult Learners Week sessions ahead:

If you’re looking for something specific to help you achieve your learning goals, the Lifelong Learning Information Service, available at all libraries across Tasmania, can help you find the learning opportunity you are looking for. You can visit or contact your local library, or call 1800 808 303 to receive help finding information about learning opportunities. 

Join Adult Learners Week events at any of our libraries around Tasmania.

Travelling around Tasmania? Check what’s happening at your destination – visitors are always welcome. If you’re on the move don’t forget our eBooks, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and more for online learning, and research and reference materials – a wealth of knowledge awaits you.

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)


Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

Design a bookmark and go into the draw to have your artwork professionally printed!

Celebrate the 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week with us by designing a bookmark that explores this year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open…”

The competition is open to all school age children and young people in Tasmania. The five winners (one from each age category) will have their design professionally printed and made available at all of our libraries.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or print online.

Entries open Monday 25 July and close Friday 26 August 2022.

Age categories:

  • 4 – 6 years
  • 7 – 9 years
  • 10 – 12 years
  • 13 – 15 years
  • 16 – 18 years

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

This competition is run by Libraries Tasmania https://www.libraries.tas.gov.au 

By submitting an entry to this competition, you: 

  1. confirm that you are the entrant’s parent or legal guardian, unless entrant is over 18 years of age 
  2. consent to your child entering this competition 
  3. accept these terms and conditions of entry 

Entry is available to the general public for people between 4 to 18 years of age and who live in Tasmania. Parents/guardians must provide consent to their child entering the competition. Entrants may only enter once.   

The entry form will be available through the Libraries Tasmania website to print along with printed copies available at Libraries Tasmania libraries statewide. 

The competition opens at 9:00am on 25 July 2022 and closes on Friday 26 August 2022 at 5:00pm. Entries received outside this period will not be accepted. 

To enter the competition, ask your child to draw their bookmark design in the space provided on the entry form and complete the contact details.  

Entries can be submitted to any Libraries Tasmania library. Entries must not contain any offensive or inappropriate material or infringe a third party’s intellectual property right.  

Once the competition has closed, a judging panel convened by Libraries Tasmania will judge each entry on creativity and originality in accordance with the 2022 Book Week theme – Dreaming with eyes open.  One winner will be selected from each age category.

Winning bookmark designs will be professionally printed into a Libraries Tasmania bookmark and made freely available at library locations statewide. 

Winners will be contacted by telephone or email by Thursday 30 September 2022. Please let staff know if you do not wish for your child’s name (first name only) to be published when the winner is announced. 

Winners (first name and age category) will be announced, along with the winning bookmark design, on the Libraries Tasmania Facebook page or other Libraries Tasmania communications platforms.  

Libraries Tasmania may require a winner’s parent or legal guardian to provide evidence of the winner’s identity, including their Tasmanian address.  Entries which do not comply with these terms and conditions will not be accepted.  

Winners will receive a copy of their bookmark professionally printed. 

You acknowledge your child retains copyright of their entry.   

Libraries Tasmania collects personal information about entrants in the course of running this competition and does so in accordance with its privacy policy at Tasmanian Government Personal Information Protection (www.tas.gov.au). Eligible images will be posted on the Libraries Tasmania Facebook page and may also be used as part of Libraries Tasmania media. By submitting an entry you/your legal guardian consent to Libraries Tasmania using their first name(s) (unless requested otherwise) and submitted images for the promotion of Libraries Tasmania activities and related purposes, which include but are not limited to distribution to third parties who may use the image for commercial purposes or where release of the image is required by law.  

You may wish to withdraw your consent for future use, other than associated with this competition, by contacting Libraries Tasmania  on (03) 6165 5538 or emailing us at libraries.tas@education.tas.gov.au

Libraries Tasmania accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete or invalid entries.  

If for any reason the competition cannot be run as planned, Libraries Tasmania reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the competition and /or amend these terms and conditions.  


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.

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.