We're on our journey to reopening

UPDATED 3 June 2020

On Monday, 18 May 2020, Libraries Tasmania began a staged approach to easing restrictions enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are continuing to provide a full range of online services to our members and visitors, while taking a staged approach to offering modified physical services in our libraries.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on communities, our members, visitors, staff and volunteers. With this in mind, we're working hard to make sure the services we provide align with public health guidelines and keep everyone safe. To do this, our services will be made available in three stages, in line with the Tasmanian Government’s Roadmap to Recovery, with some services not being available until later in the year.

Following the successful trial at Launceston Library, our Click & Collect service is now available at 16 libraries; Bridgewater, Burnie, Cygnet, Devonport, George Town, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huonville, Kingston, Launceston, Queenstown, Rosny, Scottsdale, St Helens, Sorell and Ulverstone. Members able to access these libraries can browse the online Click & Collect catalogue and place holds. Please note that the Click & Collect catalogue only includes items that are on the shelves at our participating Click & Collect libraries.

Requested items are shipped to the selected library, and members are advised by phone or email where and when their holds will be ready for collection.

Please note that collection times are not the same as usual library opening times, and may vary from site to site. Please ensure you read your holds notice carefully to find out what time you can collect items from your library. Try it now!

The current plan is to extend the Click & Collect service to most of our libraries by 12 June. See our list of planned dates for Click & Collect commencing at other libraries.

Additional limited services will be gradually phased-in, in line with physical distancing guidelines. We will provide more information about this as soon as possible.

While libraries will not be open for general browsing and visiting, members can continue to access an increased range of online resources.

By working together, we have minimised the spread of COVID-19. Now we can start to safely reintroduce services and programs, eventually providing you with a better library and archive service than before.

For any further questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact our staff on our new general enquiries phone number, on (03) 6165 5600, weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you have a research or general query, you can also contact us weekdays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm through our online chat service.


Libraries offering the Click & Collect borrowing service

The current plan is to extend the Click & Collect service to most of our libraries by 12 June. See our list of planned dates for commencing Click & Collect at other libraries.

Click & Collect available now:

  • Bridgewater
  • Burnie
  • Cygnet
  • Devonport
  • George Town
  • Glenorchy
  • Hobart
  • Huonville
  • Kingston
  • Launceston
  • Queenstown
  • Rosny
  • St Helens
  • Scottsdale
  • Sorell
  • Ulverstone

Click & Collect available soon:

Library Planned Start Date Day of week
Bicheno 12-Jun Friday
Bothwell 10-Jun Wednesday
Bridport 10-Jun Wednesday
Campbell Town 5-Jun Friday
Currie 10-Jun Wednesday
Deloraine 9-Jun Tuesday
Exeter 12-Jun Friday
Geeveston 5-Jun Friday
Latrobe 9-Jun Tuesday
Longford 12-Jun Friday
New Norfolk 10-Jun Wednesday
Orford 9-Jun Tuesday
Penguin 9-Jun Tuesday
Ravenswood 12-Jun Friday
Ringarooma 12-Jun Friday
Smithton 5-Jun Friday
St Marys 9-Jun Tuesday
Westbury 5-Jun Friday
Whitemark 10-Jun Wednesday
Wynyard 9-Jun Tuesday
Zeehan 5-Jun Friday


COVID-19 Stories

Do you have a COVID-19 story to share? The Tasmanian Archives (a part of Libraries Tasmania), and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), are partnering to collect Tasmanians' experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your story here.

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