Openbook is for people who love to read.

Openbook is the Library's award-winning quarterly magazine. It was previously known as SL magazine, before we gave it a makeover.  

Inside each issue you'll find stories that are inspiring, thought-provoking and surprising. We're working with established and emerging writers with diverse perspectives on literature, art, photography, history, science, architecture, popular culture and topical issues. Our library insiders will take you behind the scenes to reveal weird and wonderful finds from the collection. 

Expect a mix of feature articles, news, commentary, photo-essays, interviews, fiction, poetry, reviews, recipes and trivia. 

So, if you love books and libraries and are curious about the world inside and outside of them - subscribe today. 

Subscriber offer ... the drinks are on us!

We’re giving one lucky new subscriber the chance to win an evening at the Library Bar with five of their closest friends.

With its spectacular views of the Harbour and across the Domain, the Library Bar is the place to be this summer! Enjoy sunset cocktails on the bar’s newly extended observation deck. The prize includes drinks and nibbles in your very own VIP area.

To be in the running to win, simply subscribe to Openbook or become a Friend of the Library by 19 December 2022.


All those who subscribe to Openbook or become a Friend of the Library between 14 November and 19 December 2022 will be automatically entered into the prize draw. 

Only purchasers of gift subscriptions and Friends memberships will be eligible for the draw.

The prize will be drawn on 20 December and the winner notified by phone or email. If the winner is unable to accept the prize, a second winner will be drawn and so forth. 

Travel to the State Library will be at the prize winner’s expense. 

The prize includes drinks and nibbles to the value of $400.

The evening at the Library Bar must be held on a Wednesday or Thursday night between 4 pm and 10 pm before 19 December 2023 subject to availability. 

A maximum 6 people may be included in the prize. 

Current Friends and Library staff are not eligible to enter. 


Subscribe/ Give as a gift 

Your subscription will commence with the current issue.

12 months / 4 issues  $50* (free postage Australia-wide).

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*Please contact us if you are subscribing from overseas.

Become a Friend of the Library 

Library Friends receive Openbook as part of their member benefits.


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Letters & submissions

Please email letters or article proposals to the editor: or post to Openbook editor, State Library of NSW, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney 2000. No responsibility can be accepted for unsolicited manuscripts, artwork or photographs.


We value reader suggestions and feedback. Please email your comments to


Cover of Openbook summer issue.