Reading Opens Doors Library

Inspire your staff or colleagues to read Indigenous titles with our inaugural Reading Opens Doors Library. The library is designed to inspire corporate Australia to read and learn more about First Nations languages and culture. 

The library consists of 17 books (see the list of titles below) including texts by award-winning authors like Bruce Pascoe, Anita Heiss and Tara June Winch and Kim Scott. The collection also includes children's picture books, young adult and adult titles. The library is presented in a beautifully designed, mobile shelf for display in board or staff rooms. 

See below for testimonials.

Why have a library at your place of work? 

The aim of the library is to encourage corporate Australia to self educate and engage in First Nations peoples’ challenges and triumphs and create opportunities to start conversations in your workplace. It may also fulfil some of the actions in an organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan. 

Contributing author and ILF ambassador, Kim Scott says, “The Reading Opens Doors Library means you can enter and be embraced by stories that tell the traumas and triumphs of this continent’s First Peoples, today.”



The titles available in library are:


  1. The Yield - Tara June Winch

  2. Growing up Aboriginal in Australia - Anita Heiss

  3. Too Much Lip - Melissa Lucashenko

  4. Dark Emu - Bruce Pascoe

  5. Talking to My Country - Stan Grant

  6. Song Spirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country Through Songlines - Gay'wu Group of Women

  7. Taboo - Kim Scott

  8. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) - Anita Heiss

  9. Japarrika - Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware, David Lawrence

  10. Japarrika Rises - Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware, David Lawrence

  11. Ngiya Yintanga Japarrika - Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, with Shelley Ware and David Lawrence

  12. Took the Children Away - Archie Roach

  13. Welcome to Country - Aunty Joy Murphy

  14. I Saw, We Saw - Nhulunbuy Primary School

  15. No Way Yirrikipayi - Milikapiti Remote Community School, with Alison Lester

  16. Hello Hello - Spinifex Writers Camp with Ann James and Chris Aitken

  17. Moli det Bigibigi - Karen Manbulloo


“What I most love about the library is that it has such a large age range. From the picture books up to adult literature. I love the fact that there is so much diversity there in age and interest in different stories, the topics are very varied.” Mark Atkins - Intraversed

“A big part of our RAP is to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in different ways, and one of those ways is to show some amazing artists, writers and creatives and some of their work. Supporting people by buying their work is very important to us. It is not just about education, but also seeing that there are artists out there who you might not know about.” Rebecca Moulynox - UKG

“The books are a topic of conversation around the office, and readers loved the variety. The books targeted different age groups, and some took them home to share with their children. Lánluas was happy to take part in the trial – a success!” - Keri Vicini - Lánluas Consulting

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