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Enhancing the Reading Room

Generations of students and scholars have entered the grand hushed interior — now known as the Mitchell Library Reading Room — with a sense of awe.

Q&A with photographer Matthew Abbott

We managed to ask Matthew Abbott a few questions as he sat on a train travelling to Amsterdam to attend the grand opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition.

Take 5 trees

To mark the progress of the seasons, as the days become shorter and the temperature cools, we take a look at some trees in the Library's collection.

Self-portrait: Andrew Pippos

We asked award-winning author Andrew Pippos to write something personal for our autumn issue of Openbook magazine.

Q&A with Phillipa McGuinness

Wearing her other hat as book author, Openbook editor Phillipa McGuinness answered a few questions about her just-published book Skin Deep: the inside story of our outer selves.

The arch of strength and beauty

The Sydney Harbour Bridge — fondly nicknamed ‘the coathanger’ — celebrated the 90th anniversary of its opening on 19 March 2022.

Five radical women

What made five women born in the early 20th century, from different walks of life, become lifelong activists?

Self-portrait: Robert Lukins

Author Robert Lukins writes something personal for the Library's Openbook magazine.

Big bold botanicals

What could a twentieth-century artist’s book by surrealist Salvador Dali have in common with an early nineteenth-century French volume documenting the plants in a famous garden?

Convict women of Van Diemen's Land

A selection of handwritten Tasmanian convict indents (also called ‘indentures’) have been recently digitised by the Library and transcribed by online volunteers.

All the world

An incredibly rare map from 1628 has been added to the Library’s rich cartographic collections.

Self-portrait: Yves Rees

An award-winning author and historian shares their astrological chart.

Three men and ...

The world of a goldfields publican comes within reach through research to uncover the secrets of an early photograph.

All’s fair in love and war

Love is a battlefield in this newly acquired map.

Take 5 ice creams

In celebration of summer, here are some of our favourite ice cream images from the collection.

Q&A with photographer Wendy McDougall

Find out how Wendy McDougall carved out a niche in the music and art scene.