Donations + bequests

Donations and bequests help build our collections and services.

If you would like to make a donation please visit our Collection offers page.

We collect published and unpublished material that adds to Tasmania's documentary record. Our priorities include:

  • Records of Tasmanian businesses, community organisations, churches and other groups
  • Letters, diaries, photos or other documents belonging to individuals or families living in Tasmania
  • Unpublished or published creative writing by Tasmanians or set in Tasmania
  • Tasmanian photographs, prints or original works of art that document Tasmania's history
  • Published or unpublished material on Antarctica and the whaling and sealing industries.

Please contact us if you are unsure about the significance of your records,  and before weeding, discarding or splitting them up. 

See our collection development policies​ for more information about the types of material we collect.

Your records can help document the history of Tasmania by becoming part of our state's archives. Normally you transfer full ownership to us, as this makes it easier to manage the records in our collection.

If you are concerned about confidentiality, we may be able to restrict public access to your records for an agreed period. Please state your concerns when you make your offer.

Our collections are stored in secure locations protected against fire and unauthorised access. Storage areas have temperature and humidity controls, and regular pest control. Our conservators can restore documents in need of repair.

For more information about caring for your own records, see the National Archives of Australia's guides to preserving information.

Tasmanian publishers are required by law to give us a copy of each of their publications. Read more about legal deposit.

Cultural Gifts program

You can donate items of cultural significance to us through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. Donations through this program are eligible for tax deductions.

Financial donations and bequests

We welcome financial donations and bequests to buy books or other special purposes. However, we do reserve the right to decline a donation or bequest if it is incompatible with our collections and services. Please contact us, using the collection offer form or email, to discuss your intentions before making a donation or bequest.

To be legally valid, will have to comply with specific legal requirements. Use a legal service when preparing your will. Most Public Trustees and many solicitors can prepare your will free or for a small charge. If you already have a will and would like to make a bequest,  you can add a supplement to the document that sets out your instructions for a bequest.

Non-Tasmanian library items

We accept new or used items that enhance our existing collections. We assess donations according to:

  • subject
  • format
  • physical condition
  • likely demand.

We do not accept outdated editions or items in poor condition, unless they have Tasmanian heritage value. Accepted items normally become part of our state-wide lending collection. Unsuitable items may be sold to fund new purchases.