The Parliamentary Library maintains records of Tasmanian political and parliamentary information from colonial times to the present. In existence since 1852, its principal function is to provide Members and Officers of Parliament with information they need in connection with their parliamentary duties. The State Library of Tasmania and the Parliamentary Library Management Committee jointly manage the Parliamentary Library.
Papers and proceedings of the Parliament are held as well as all bills, acts and subordinate legislation. The Parliamentary Museum houses historical material relating to the Parliament and is maintained by the Parliamentary Library.
In 1990, a Parliamentary Research Service was established to provide more in-depth research papers on request. The Parliamentary Research Service provided 319 briefings for Members in 2003-04, compared with 254 in 2002-03. The Parliamentary Library received 6,035 reference requests in 2003-04, compared with 5,889 in 2002-03.
The Parliamentary Library maintains a web site at http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au. It includes a series of Parliamentary Backgrounders, available as .pdf files, dealing with aspects of Parliamentary history, procedures and conventions.