Alice Springs Public Library


Cur­rent Open­ing Hours (as of Mon­day the 12 Octo­ber 2020):

Mon-Fri | 10am — 6pm

Sat-Sun | 10am — 1pm

The Alice Springs Pub­lic Library – 2020 Com­mu­ni­ty Survey 

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on what you want your Library to be. Your answers to the online sur­vey will help us to under­stand how the com­mu­ni­ty cur­rent­ly uses the Library, and how we might be able to expand or improve our ser­vices to bet­ter meet your needs in the future. 

The sur­vey will take approx­i­mate­ly 10 min­utes or less to com­plete, is con­fi­den­tial and voluntary.

You can access the sur­vey online by going to the ASTC web­site under Com­mu­ni­ty Sur­veys — or click HERE

The sur­vey is open until Sun­day, 29 Novem­ber 2020.

Thank you for help­ing to shape the future of your Library – a vibrant hub for Alice Springs.

The Library is pleased to advise the com­mu­ni­ty that as of the 28 Sep­tem­ber con­tact trac­ing will move to a vol­un­tary basis for all visitors. 

Con­tact trac­ing was a mea­sure orig­i­nal­ly put in place due to COVID19 health oblig­a­tions how­ev­er, with more recent work done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the NT Depart­ment of Health, the Library is work­ing to be able to offer this on a vol­un­tary basis going for­ward. Oth­er COVID mea­sures such as appro­pri­ate san­i­ta­tion, stay­ing home if unwell and phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, 70 per­sons at one time, no food or drink and reg­u­lar pro­grams online will remain in place. 

This includes entry require­ments for vis­i­tors aged 15 to 11yrs will no longer be required to be accom­pa­nied by an adult for con­tact trac­ing require­ment (10yrs and under do require adult supervision). 

The Alice Springs Pub­lic Library is inclu­sive and vibrant space for all in our com­mu­ni­ty and Coun­cil thanks the com­mu­ni­ty for its patience dur­ing this peri­od. We look for­ward to see­ing you all again soon!

Note: These spe­cial mea­sures have been put in place as a result of COVID-19. All infor­ma­tion is cor­rect as at 2.30pm Mon­day 21 Sep­tem­ber, 2020

Do you remem­ber when the new Alice Springs Pub­lic Library was built?

It’s almost forty years since Alice Springs Pub­lic Library opened on the cor­ner of Gre­go­ry and Leich­hardt Ter­races beside the Civic Cen­tre. On 19 Octo­ber 1980 May­or George Smith offi­cial­ly declared the new library build­ing open, which was named the Nevil Shute Memo­r­i­al Library in hon­our of the writer whose pas­sion for Alice Springs brought it inter­na­tion­al renown.

To cel­e­brate this anniver­sary and the unique role the library plays in Alice Springs life, we are com­pil­ing a 40th Birth­day Book’. The Alice Springs Pub­lic Library has not only changed its loca­tion, and grown in size and facil­i­ties over time. It’s become a hub where a broad mix of com­mu­ni­ty groups, out-of-town­ers and tourists come to relax and min­gle, browse mag­a­zines and bor­row books, watch John Wayne DVDs, use com­put­ers and the inter­net, research in our his­tor­i­cal collections.

The 40th Birth­day Book will cel­e­brate how the Alice Springs Pub­lic Library has evolved over the past four decades, adapt­ing to tech­no­log­i­cal change and respond­ing to our diverse com­mu­ni­ty. We are keen to include con­tri­bu­tions from our loy­al patrons in the Birth­day Book. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to share any of the fol­low­ing con­cern­ing the library’s history:

  • Pho­tographs
  • Mem­o­ra­bil­ia
  • News­pa­per or oth­er articles

Or if you’d like to jot down your mem­o­ries of the library and email them to us via [email protected]​astc.​nt.​gov.​au, we’d be delight­ed to hear from you. 

We’re also inter­est­ed in any mem­o­ries or mem­o­ra­bil­ia you might have from when the library was on Hart­ley Street (below) in 1958­ – 80 or even ear­li­er on Todd Street in 1953 – 58.

NEW! Sto­ry Box Library

Imag­ine the best sto­ries being read aloud to you by our favourite sto­ry­tellers – well that’s Sto­ry Box Library!

We get kids excit­ed about read­ing, inspire their imag­i­na­tions and let them have fun with sto­ries, improv­ing their lan­guage and lit­er­a­cy skills along the way.

Click here to access Sto­ry Box Library FREE with your Alice Springs Pub­lic Library mem­ber­ship card.

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For the most up-to-date Library news, pro­grams, events and notices, fol­low the Alice Springs Pub­lic Library Face­book page.