A new chapter in the history of the Launceston Library was recorded on Friday through a special plaque unveiling.
The library, in its current form, turned 50 years young on October 8.
To celebrate, a plaque was organised by the Friends of the Library Launceston to pay homage to the Launceston Mechanics Institute - the precursor to the Launceston Library.
Library manager Garry Conroy-Cooper said the old institute had become no longer fit for purpose so the Launceston Library was opened in 1971.
"Whilst a library's purpose in the community has probably not changed a great deal over the centuries, technology and the way people use public buildings obviously changes," he said.
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"The Friends of the Library Launceston ... are unveiling a plaque on our building to pay homage to the Launceston Mechanics Institute so there is a record in Civic Square of a building that is long gone.
"[We are coming] together to celebrate the impact the library has had on the social, cultural, and business life of greater Launceston for 50 years."
Education Minister Sarah Courtney said the government recognised the role libraries played within the community and the opportunities they provided.
"Today, we congratulate a wonderful moment in time, with Tasmania's very own Launceston Library celebrating 50 years," she said.
"Generations of Northern Tasmanians have benefited from the enormous contribution that this iconic institution has made to the local community."
As part of the celebration, the library displayed photographs, newspaper articles, and other historical items.
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