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.


17 – 20 October 2024

Our Event

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 17 – 20 October 2024 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 17 October $10 entry donation 5pm – 9pm
Friday 18 October 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 19 October 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 20 October 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sign up here for your chance to win a share in $250 Big Book Fair vouchers

Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley

Collectable List March 2024
See Book Fair Floor Plan 

Books for Sale


Amount Raised in 2023

Answers to Your Questions

Where can i donate books for Book Fair?

Books can be donated to our Book Sorting Warehouse at 19 Auburn Street, Wollongong. Please call prior to donating to ensure we can accept your donation    0436 859 409.

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?

On the Thursday, we ask for a $10 donation as this will give you exclusive first access. We have a gold coin donation as you enter for all other days. 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

Customer Service

Manage a book section, restock tables

Tally Tables

Good with numbers? Help tally books

Book Lovers Newsletter

We’re inviting you to join our Book Lovers Club and enjoy exclusive information about the Big Book Fair, before the book fair, plus so much more.

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.