Book Fairs

Book FairIn each odd-numbered year, the Friends conducts a Book Fair.

This is a sale of second-hand books, rare books, records, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, etc. Books include texts, Australiana, art, medical, engineering and commerce. etc.

The Friends depends on donations of books, etc, to provide the stock for the Fair.

Book Fair 2013

The 2013 Book Fair will start on Saturday 10 August and will run all week, closing after lunch on Saturday 17 August. There will be plenty of great books on offer, so be sure to note the dates in your diary!

Rare Book Auction

A feature of the Book Fair is the Slow Auction of Rare Books. Specially selected items are catalogued and prospective purchasers are able to make bids throughout the Fair, with a formal auction terminating the process on the last day.

Book Fair Proceeds

Over the past ten years a number of projects has been funded by the Friends.


The collection point for donations is the Friends’ Shed near the Forum. The day and time to drop off books is Tuesday, 9:00am – 12:00 noon. The Shed will be open from the second week of February.

29 responses to “Book Fairs

  1. Hello,
    Could you please let me know the procedure for donating books for sale at the book fair?
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You can drop the books off at the Friends’ shed near the Forum on Tuesdays between 9:00am and 1:00pm. However, the University will be closed from 18/12/2010 until 04/01/2011 inclusive.


      Cultural Collections

    • Hi, I called by the shed today (11.1.11) to drop off some books for the book sale. No sign of life and no signage to indicate when they will be re-opening.

      Cheers, Jan W

      • Thanks for letting us know, Jan, and for your prospective donation. Apologies for the inconvenience. I’ll forward your email directly to the Friends.
        Cultural Collections

  2. Hi, I have a stack of books that I no longer need and I’m happy to donate them but I’m moving away this weekend so won’t be able to drop them off on Tuesday. Is there any other way / time / place I can get them to you?


  3. Hello, can you tell me if you’re collecting books for the next book fair? If so, where and when should I deliver thm? Thanks, Pam

  4. sarah johnson

    Is the Friends’ shed near the Forum still open on Tuesdays between 9:00am and 1:00pm

  5. Dates for this year’s Book Fair, please? 2013.

  6. Is the location listed above for deposits still the same? And do DVDs come under the heading of “etc”?

  7. I have 24 boxes of Economics text books. Do you collect locally?

  8. Saturday 10 August – Saturday 17 August 2013

  9. What time does the book fair open on Saturday, 10/8?

    • The hours for the Book Fair are:

      Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      The Auction will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday 17 August

  10. Arthur Snodgrass

    Can you still make donations to the 2013 book fair as per the instructions above?

    • Donations for this year technically closed at the end of June. However, if you only have a couple of boxes or fewer, you can drop them off on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Thanks for thinking of us when deciding to donate your books.

  11. Where exactly on campus is the 2013 book fair held, please.

  12. I was just wondering are there also many books for kids in the 2013 book fair?

  13. Hi, how do you pay for the books? Is there eftpos available or cash only?


  14. Are you taking donations now(September 2013) for the Fair in 2015?

  15. Will there be people in the shed to collect books Tuesday 22nd October?

  16. Can books be donated at any time of year? :)

  17. Cheryl Shepherd

    I have quite a few variety of books from my late father which he purchased during his life from 1940 onwards. Some are in good condition and others, due to their age, not so good, but still able to be read. Do you have a standard of books you will accept or is it just a matter of donating them and then are sorted. Also if you are interested in them when and where can I drop them off.

  18. Thanks for thinking of us, Cheryl. The Friends’ Shed will be open from the second week of February 2014.
    You can drop off your books any Tuesday between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon.
    There is more information about the Shed at

  19. Barbara-Rose Townsend

    I have some books but am unable to drop them in on Tuesdays. Are there any other options for delivery?

  20. Hi there!

    I work for Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter and our annual bookfest is on 13th & 14th September 2014.

    We were wondering if any of your lovely volunteers might be interested in helping out for the weekend? All proceeds raised goes to supporting the life saving services at Lifeline.

    We would be very grateful of any assistance for either set up Thursday afternoon or Friday, Event Day assistance on Saturday or Sunday and pack up Monday.

    For any more information, you can contact me at 4940 2000.


    Emma Askew

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