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The QVMAG Library

The QVMAG Library is primarily based at the Museum at Inveresk and holds a unique collection of rare books, research material, maps, plans and architectural drawings.

With the exception of items held in the Library's special and rare collections, and also its maps and architectural and engineering drawings, the supply of items via Inter Library Loan is welcomed.

The collections are open to the public by appointment only: visitations may be arranged by contacting the QVMAG Library Coordinator.

Search the QVMAG Library Catalogue here

The Library's catalogue allows searchers to view book and serial holdings only; maps and architectural and engineering drawings are not included in the catalogue.  

*Please note QVMAG Library's Catalogue software (Inmagic Genie) is fully supported only by: MS Internet Explorer 7 - 9 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later. The Full Display function for records is not supported by Google Chrome. 

The Library's Collections

The QVMAG Library holds an assortment of interesting and valuable book collections, with items dating from early colonial days through to more contemporary times.

The Library also holds an important collection of maps and architectural and engineering plans and drawings for houses and civil infrastructure located in Launceston.

The Library's resources are organised by the collection types listed below.  

The General Collection (Books) and Serials Collection(PDF, 11KB)

The Special Collections(PDF, 18KB)

The Rare and Heritage Collections(PDF, 17KB)

The Colonial Collections on Northern and Regional Tasmania(PDF, 27KB)

Maps, architectural and engineering drawings(PDF, 9KB)


The Plomley Foundation

The Plomley Foundation was established in 1984 by the late Brian Plomley, a former Director of the QVMAG from 1946 to 1950, and from the early 1980s until his death in 1994, an Honorary Research Associate at QVMAG. 

Since its establishment the Foundation has supported a wide variety of research projects on various aspects of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage. A particular focus of the Foundation has been Tasmanian Aboriginal history, a major research interest of Brian Plomley. 

For those involved in Tasmanian research the Plomley Foundation offers a Research Grants program. 

Download information about Plomley Foundation grants for 2018(PDF, 131KB)

Download the Plomley Foundation application form(DOCX, 159KB)

Download the list of projects previously funded by the Plomley Foundation(PDF, 102KB)

Please contact the Library Coordinator for more information.