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About Books in the City

Spreading the joy of reading, one book at a time!

A book resting on a park bench.

Over 100 books from your State Library have been scattered around the Sydney CBD.

You’ll find everything from fact to fantasy – all reviewed by top critics – in parks, bus stops and popular lunch spots.

These awesome page-turners are there to be picked up, read, discussed, debated and shared. Once you’re done with it, simply leave it somewhere in the city for another reader to discover.

There are thousands more great reads to browse in our Critics' Picks collection, located in the Bashir Reading Room. Every book has been reviewed in Australian Book Review, New York Review of BooksTimes Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

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