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. 

Win a 3-day pass to Byron Writers Festival

We are thrilled to be partnering with Byron Writers Festival (26–28 August) this year.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a 3-day pass to this amazing regional event featuring more than 140 writers, experts and storytellers.

On Saturday 27 August at 12.30 pm we’ll be hosting an Openbook panel: ‘When private worlds become public’. Hear from Openbook editor Phillipa McGuinness and special guests Fiona Murphy, Jessie Cole and Matt Okine.

To be in the running to win, simply subscribe to Openbook by 5 pm Friday 12 August 2022. If you're a current subscriber, you will automatically go into the draw for the prize.


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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.


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