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

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 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

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 a special invitation to an exclusive VIP opening night before Big Book Fair opens to the public.

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.