The QVMAG Library and Archives

The Library is primarily based at the Museum at Inveresk and houses a unique collection of special and rare book collections and staff working collections (books and journals), as well as large collections of maps, plans and architectural and engineering drawings, a number of these collections being held on behalf of the City of Launceston and Archives Tasmania.

The library collections are open to the public by appointment only. Visitation can be arranged by contacting

For Library-specific enquiries, the QVMAG Librarian/Archivist can be contacted on 6323 3728 or via the above email. 

The supply of items to other institutions via Inter Library Loan is welcomed, with the exception of items held in the Library's special and rare collections, as well as maps and architectural and engineering drawings.

The QVMAG Library catalogue

Use the catalogue to explore the QVMAG Library's unique collection of books, journals, reports, videos and DVDs.

Indexes to drawings and maps

Use this link to explore the QVMAG Library's unique collection of architectural and engineering drawings and maps. 


The Archives and the History Centre research room
The Archives, with its History Centre research room, is based at the Museum at Inveresk and houses the following collections: Photographs, Oral Histories, Manuscripts, Community History Series (CHS), Cosmic Ray Project Archive (COS) and QVMAG Records (QVM). It also holds the Launceston City Council (LCC) and Launceston Mechanics' Institute (LMI) collections on behalf of Archives Tasmania.

The Archives and History Centre are open to the public by appointment only. Visitation can be arranged by contacting

Photographs (and eventually Oral Histories and Manuscripts) can be viewed online at QVMAG Collections Online.

The CHS, COS and QVM collections of QVMAG

The Community History Series (CHS) collections of QVMAG include records of local government, businesses, community organisations and individuals, as well as oral history tapes and a large photographic collection. 

The CHS collection guides listed below are finding aids that provide information about the creation, historical context, arrangement, and content of the archival and manuscript collections. Readers are requested to consult the guides before placing item requests with staff at the QVMAG History Centre.

The Cosmic Ray Project Archive (COS) contains data recorder charts from eight cosmic ray recording stations which, from 1957 to 2001, contributed to the Short Duration Solar-Related Cosmic Ray Intensity Change Data program.

QVMAG's own institutional records (QVM) consist of general correspondence and curatorial records. Some QVM collections, including administration and correspondence files dating from 1975 to the present, as well as staff files from 1946, are not available to the public.

Please see our opening hours for information on access procedures. Collections will be available at the QVMAG History Centre at Inveresk.

Collection Guides