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.

Kids will enjoy reading our specially curated Indigenous Literacy Day children’s eBook collection featuring First Australian authors and illustrators.

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.


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.