Here’s a tip for Tassie travellers: the State Library of Tasmania will let you borrow books. Okay, so that’s no secret. But there’s something else you might not know.
State Library of Tasmania: Branches
The State Library of Tasmania is part of the Community Knowledge Network, and there are 46 lending branches around the state. So you can borrow a book at one end of the island and return it somewhere else. It’s a great system if you are touring Tasmania and want to do a spot of reading in your down time. Airline baggage allowances doesn’t always accommodate heavy books from home.
Get Your State Library of Tasmania Card
There’s no problem with membership, either. We arrived for a six-week stay in Geeveston in the Huon Valley and popped into the local branch of the State Library. The librarian there signed up the children as official borrowers. Loan periods for public users range from 7 to 21 days depending on the item, with the option of extending sometimes.
Online Access for Tassie Travellers
You can access State Library of Tasmania catalogues via the internet to check availability of books and collection locations. You can even plan ahead a little and place a hold (reservation) on your desired copy. There’s free internet access at some branches to reserve books. Or you can surf the web, check your emails and make forward accommodation bookings.
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Here’s another tip about the State Library of Tasmania. The state headquarters, located at the corner of Murray and Bathurst Streets in Hobart, contains the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. In 1965, Henry Allport made a substantial bequest to the people of Tasmania. The museum has been dedicated as a memorial to the Allport family, who settled in Tasmania (or Van Diemen’s Land) during the 1830s.
The large collection features books, pamphlets and art work by convict and colonial landscape artists. Several exhibitions are presented each year to showcase a selection from the works. A permanent display of period furniture and artifacts from the Georgian era line the walls of the museum.
Visit State Library of Tasmania online for more information.