About us

About us

Libraries Tasmania recognises the deep histories and cultures of the Aboriginal people of lutruwita/Tasmania. We acknowledge Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional and continuing custodians of the land, waters and sky. We pay respect to the Elders, past and present who hold the memories, traditions, culture and knowledge of Country. We extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose Countries were never ceded.

Tasmania opened one of Australia's first libraries in 1825 and was the first state in Australia to provide library and archive services.

Libraries Tasmania is comprised of the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archives, 45 public libraries, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and the Office of the State Archivist.

We provide modern library and archive services that are accessible and inclusive. 

We welcome people of all ages, interests and needs, offering:
  • a broad collection of lending items
  • online information, including databases and historical collections 
  • a vast collection of historical items
  • research and information services
  • access to exhibitions and events 
  • free access to the internet, computers and support in their use 
  • flexible spaces for individual study, recreation and group activity 
  • a variety of programs, services and events for adults, children and young people, that support personal learning, growth and community connection.

As well as providing opportunities for lifelong learning, social interactions and cultural inspiration, our services and programs contribute to our State’s growth, with an estimated economic impact of over $130 million annually.

Our 46 public libraries are located across the State, from Flinders Island to Geeveston. Members can access a floating collection, programs and support through their local library. 

The State Library of Tasmania is the largest and most diverse library in Tasmania. It is open and accessible to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment. The collection includes current reference publications, historic Tasmanian books and newspapers, maps, manuscripts, fine arts and rare books.

The Tasmanian Archives preserves the documentary heritage of Tasmania’s government and people, past and present. Consisting of the Tasmanian State Government and community archives, these irreplaceable resources are preserved and made available online and in person. This allows people anywhere in the world to connect with Tasmania’s memory, identity and history.

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is located in the State Library and Archives building in Hobart. It is an internationally significant library and museum of fine arts. Its extraordinary permanent collection includes:
  • rare books, 
  • colonial works of art, 
  • photographs, 
  • eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture, silver, glass, fine china and objets d’art. 
Its gallery space hosts a dynamic exhibition program showcasing local contemporary artists.

The Office of the State Archivist (OSA) supports state and local government, government business enterprises, State owned companies and University of Tasmania to meet the objectives of the Archives Act 1983 (Tas). It supports the State Archivist in providing whole-of-government standards, guidelines and advice for the appropriate management and retention of state records.

Libraries Tasmania is a proud member of the 26TEN Network, supporting 26TEN Network programs through the public library service.

Our strategic directions

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See the Department of Education Annual Report for more about our performance.

2020/21 snapshot


2.4 + 3.1 million

physical + online visits


513,567

physical items in lending collection


3.6 million

library item issues


1.1 million

eResource issues


42,000

State Library & Archive Service enquiries


108,515

members


71,534

attendances in programs & events


145,000

Engaged Facebook users


740 

hours contributed by volunteers per week