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.

Lifeline South Coast Big Book Fair – March 2024

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 Friday, 15 – Sunday, 17 March 2024 at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.

Every book you buy helps support the 24-hour 13 11 14 Lifeline Crisis Support Line so we can answer more phone calls to people in need, as well as suicide prevention services in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast.

COVID-safe guidelines

Our priority is the health and safety of our team members, volunteers and the people in our community, and we will continue to take the advice from NSW Health and Australian Government officials. Wherever possible stay 1.5 metres apart and practise good hand hygiene. If there is a COVID-19 outbreak, we will follow health advice and let you know of any cancellations or postponements as soon as possible.


Book Fair Categories

Pre-loved books will be displayed in over 50 categories: Childrens, fiction (paperback, hardcover, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror), hobbies (cooking, gardening, sport), sciences (science, economics, education), arts (biographies, history, Australiana, travel, religion, psychology) and old books such as old and interested or something special.

Floor Plan: see here (coming soon)
Something Special Book List: see here
(coming soon)


Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley


Friday, 15 March – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 16 March
– 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 17 March – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Stay up-to-date

RSVP to our Facebook event for all the latest event information.

Interested in volunteering?

Our volunteers are an integral part of Lifeline South Coast.

We are always on the look out 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. 

If you would like to volunteer, register your interest below. 

Apply now

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.