Big Book Fair
Lifeline’s Big Book Fair is the major fundraising event for Lifeline’s 24-hours crisis support service in the Illawarra and South Coast.
19 – 22 October 2023
Lifeline’s Big Book Fair is back, with over 90,000 pre-loved books on sale over three days. Our next event is being held on 19 – 22 October 2023 at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.
Each event is a chance to spread our love of reading far and wide, save books from landfill and raise vital funds for Lifeline. What’s more, your second-hand book purchases help to deliver essential crisis support and suicide prevention services within the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast.
Thursday 19 October (VIP Opening Night) – Sign up here.
Friday 20 October 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 21 October 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 22 October 9:00am – 4:00pm
Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley
See Something Special List
See Book Fair Floor Plan
Books for Sale
Amount Raised in 2022
Answers to Your Questions
Can I donate books to Book Fair?
Yes you can donate to our old Lifeline Shop at 19 Auburn Street, Wollongong. Please note this is closed for 2 weeks for Book Fair week.
Can I bring books to donate at Book Fair?
Yes they can be dropped off in the carpark just past the front gate to the stadium.
My book has water damage, can I still donate it?
No sorry, if books are damaged, soiled or mouldy we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them.
Do you have eftpos at Book Fair?
Yes, we accept both cash and eftpos.
Is there an entry fee?
We have a gold coin donation as you enter. We also have a $2 Tap-and-Go machine.
Do you need volunteers for the event?
If you would like to volunteer for our next event please fill out the application form below.
Volunteer at Big Book Fair
We’re looking for enthusiastic book lovers to volunteer at the Big Book Fair! There are a range of different roles available to suit your interests from event set-up/pack down, customer service, cash register operators/assistants, tally tables and more.
Event Set Up/Pack Down
Great for Corporates
Manage a book section, restock tables
Good with numbers? Help tally books