Here’s a tip for Tassie travellers: the State Library of Tasmania will let you borrow books. Okay, so that’s no secret. But here’s something 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. The airline baggage allowance doesn’t always accommodate heavy books from home.

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Avoid excess baggage: borrow! State Library of Tasmania

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There’s no problem with membership, either. We arrived for a six-week stay in Geeveston in the Huon Valley and popped in to the local branch of the State Library. The librarian there signed up the children as the official borrowers, because they wouldn’t incur penalties for late returns. 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 the catalogues of the State Library of Tasmania via the internet to check the 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 surf the web, check your emails, make 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.

The State Library of Tasmania website has more information.

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