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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/04/2004   
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Services are delivered through a network of:

  • 7 city libraries
  • 41 branch libraries
  • 5 reference and specialist collections.


The reference and specialist collections include:
  • State Reference Service - including specialised services for research, business, electronic databases and Internet services
  • Tasmaniana Library - a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary Tasmanian publications
  • W. L. Crowther Library - a collection of mainly Tasmanian printed, manuscript, pictorial and museum material
  • Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts - an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century antiques, colonial paintings and books
  • Parliamentary Library - which provides accurate information resources and services to Members of both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, and their staff.


Information collected and preserved by the State Library includes:
  • copies of every item published in Tasmania
  • an index of Tasmanian content in the three Tasmanian daily newspapers and other Tasmanian serial publications
  • an image database of historical images, e.g. paintings, sketches, drawings, prints and photographs.


All libraries are linked through the TALIS network, a library management system which includes an integrated catalogue and electronic information databases. TALIS is accessible through the Internet and available in all libraries at It contains the holdings of all public libraries in the State, together with those of 8 senior secondary colleges and 157 schools, 10 TAFE libraries and 7 community libraries.

Library services are provided for customers with special needs through the use of special format resources, specialised equipment and delivery services. Volunteer couriers provide delivery of specialised format resources to home library customers.

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