Take 5 swimming suits

Shining a spotlight on five of our favourite swimming suits from the collection.

2023 Fellows announced

Learn more about the research projects they are working on.

Self-portrait: Fiona Murphy

Author Fiona Murphy writes about coming out as Deaf for the Library's Openbook magazine.

Knocking it out of the park

A photo essay on the Koori Knockout by leading First Nations photographer Barbara McGrady.

Inventing the future

A recently acquired set of prints shows what state-of-the-art technology looked like in Medici Florence.

Take 5 wattle

In celebration of spring, here are five of our favourite wattle images from the collection.

A month in the library

Anna Glynn reveals what she did while she was the Library’s artist in residence.

Journal of the Apophthegm Society

The journal of an obscure society devoted to pithy sayings takes a roundabout route to the Library.


A new project brings out-of-print books back to life.

Dye hard

The Tintex Girl brightened a world dulled by rationing.

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.