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.


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.


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.


Author talk: Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer

On 29 October at 5:30 pm, Australian author Chris Hammer will be live in conversation with Tasmanian author Heather Rose, discussing Chris’ latest novel Treasure & Dirt.

Chris Hammer will be dialling in from Canberra, while Heather Rose will be in-person at Hobart Library… and you’re invited!

Chris is the bestselling author of Scrublands, and Treasure & Dirt centres around the story of small town, Finnigans Gap, where an opal miner is found dead and decaying in a mine.

A story of opals and redemption, Treasure & Dirt is a standalone thriller by a leading author in Australian Noir.

If you can’t make it to Hobart Library for the event, it will be livestreamed at select libraries across Tasmania.

Registrations for this event are essential, as capacity will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

You can register online for a free ticket at your preferred location:

If you’re keen to read, borrow Treasure & Dirt from Libraries Tasmania today.

Get Online Week

Get Online Week is a week-long annual campaign supporting people to improve their digital skills and close the digital divide.

This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from 18 – 24 October 2021.

Some of our special Get Online Week events include:

Everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no-one should be left behind, so we’re proud to be supporting this initiative again this year. To find out what your library is offering, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

October is… Celebrating literacy!

This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!

Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.

While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.

So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:

  • Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
  • Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
  • All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
  • Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
  • Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:

  • Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
  • Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
  • 26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
  • Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October

Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

26TEN Week

As a major contributor to 26TEN, and in our role as member of the 26TEN Network, Libraries Tasmania is proud to be part of the coordinated efforts to raising awareness of adult literacy and numeracy in our state.

26TEN Week runs from 25 to 29 October. This year’s 26TEN Week celebrates the ‘small steps, big changes’ that can occur for anyone when they start their journey towards better literacy and numeracy skills.

Read about what’s planned during 26TEN Week, and access resources and tools here: 26TEN Week 2021

Libraries Tasmania supports Tasmanians with their literacy and numeracy all year round.

If you would like help with your literacy or numeracy skills, or would like to help others with theirs, please visit the Libraries Tasmania literacy website.

Australian Reading Hour… Stories that matter

Australia Reads is a national initiative to promote the many benefits of reading. Their big annual event, Australian Reading Hour, is set to happen on Tuesday, 14 September.

With events happening in libraries, schools and bookshops across Australia, we invite you to visit your local library, borrow a book and celebrate the joy of reading with us!

Queenstown, Strahan, Zeehan and Rosebery libraries will be:

  • Inviting prominent locals to share what they like to read, including reading their favourite story or a poem
  • Inviting students from local schools to write a story to be read on radio

Devonport Library will be hosting an Australia Reads Pyjama Party!

Kingston Library is having Special Saturday Storytime to celebrate Australian Reading Hour.

To find out what your local library is doing, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

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