State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room


Monday9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed public holidays

History Room

The Tasmanian Archives are accessible through the History Room off 2nd Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.


2nd Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000

Wheelchair accessible

Wi-Fi access




(03) 6165 5538


Two individuals engaged in reading archives and collections in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room.

Research in the History Room

New to the History Room? Please bring photographic identification to register

Access and collection point for government agency records

Audio visual room for viewing archival films and listening to archival audio

Two collections with red covers lay on the table.

Order items in advance

Make an advance request to view a reference item

If you can’t get to the Reading Room in Hobart, ask your local library if they can get the item in for you

Order archival items using Tasmanian Archives Search

Order items stored offsite for viewing the following day

Half-hourly retrievals from 9.45am, last retrieval 45 minutes before closing

Man at computer

Computers and the internet

Free public access to our computers and Wi-Fi.

Printing, scanning and photo copying available

Check here for details on copying fees and services

Person studying

Space to study, research or read

People of all ages and interests have access to flexible spaces to feel welcome as an individual or for a group activity with comfortable reading spaces for browsing newspapers and magazines

Archives records

Tasmanian archives and heritage online

Many archival items, plans and historic Tasmanian images are available online!

Guides to records

Tasmanian archives and heritage resources


Get the information you want

We’ll help you find local and international magazines and newspapers, reference books, magazines, maps, parliamentary papers, CDROM indexes and databases and more


Family History resources and support

You’ll find resources and expert help to research your Tasmanian ancestors.

See our online family history guides


National Archives of Australia

Access Commonwealth records from the Hobart office of the National Archives of Australia

You will find their staff in the History Room from Wednesday to Friday

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Libraries Tasmania is committed to making our libraries and archives accessible for all to use and enjoy.
More information on accessibility in our libraries and archives.

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