What’s new in June

It is the perfect season to curl up at home and enjoy a virtual book club or venture out to an event.

Stories After Dark

Unearth the mysteries of Lutruwita/Tasmania’s past – and beyond when the lights go out in Hobart’s iconic State Library and Archives Building.

Records, artefacts and collections come to life in one mesmerising night filled with sound, art, light, storytelling and performance.  

Stories After Dark is a free, all ages event. Visit on Saturday 17 June from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the State Library and Archives Building, 91 Murray Street, Nipaluna/Hobart.  

For more information visit the Stories After Dark webpage  and check out the Stories After Dark Facebook event.

June is Pride Month, a chance to celebrate the culture and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer and gender diverse individuals and communities. Enjoy our permanent LGBTIQ+ eBook collection online, anytime.

Dip into a virtual book club this month. Ben’s Book Club is featuring ‘Echo Lake’ by Joan Sauers – take part in the discussion online, Tuesday 27 June, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST. Register on Eventbrite and meet on Zoom.


Warm up and enjoy the exhibitions on offer at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart.

Tights and top hats. Bows and bonnets. Masks and manga.

Visit Fancy Dress: From tutus to cosplay, showing until 29 July 2023 at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Murray Street Hobart. Fancy Dress gives centre stage to over 130 years of dress ups, from the downright bizarre to the truly magnificent.

Can’t make it in person? View the online exhibition and a behind-the-scenes video.

Uncover the threads of Tasmania’s clothing history.

Visit Duck Trousers, Straw Bonnets, and Bluey: Stories of fabrics and clothing in Tasmania now showing at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room. Learn how clothing was a treasured possession in the past; about evolving styles and fashions; and the creativity involved in producing Tasmanian fabrics, such as wool and leather.

Can’t make it in person? View the online image gallery.

Helpful links

Find all Libraries Tasmania events.

View Allport events and talks.

If you need help finding our wonderful resources, contact your local library.

If you can’t make it to your local library in person, online library membership is now available, for free.

Photograph - Man and woman at an outdoor campfire
Photograph – Man and woman at an outdoor campfire
Image link: https://stors.tas.gov.au/AI/NS5098-1-113