UQ Alumni Book Fair®

Brisbane's longest-running book fair

The UQ Alumni Book Fair is an annual fundraiser based at The University of Queensland. The Book Fair is organised by volunteers who harness their love of books and generously donate their time, to help raise funds for scholarships to support UQ students. Each Book Fair features a range of pre-loved books, magazines, sheet music, DVDs, videos, CDs, vinyl records, and even the occasional photograph, print or piece of memorabilia.

More than 110,000 books are prepared each year for the Book Fair. Preparation consists of sorting, classifying, pricing and packing books, then setting them up for the four-day fair. The books not selected for sale are passed onto community organisations, locally and overseas.

At the 2022 UQ Alumni Book Fair, 4,394 people came through the doors – raising a total of $129,098 for UQ student scholarships and researchers. Find out more about how the funds raised at the Book Fair are used to support students. 

UQ Alumni Book Fair® (in person)

28 April 2023 9:00am1 May 2023 3:00pm
More than 110,000 books, magazines, vinyl records, videos, DVDs and other pre-loved goodies will be available at this year’s UQ Alumni Book Fair®, helping us raise funds for UQ student scholarships.
Kids holding books.

Family Day at the UQ Alumni Book Fair (in person)

30 April 2022 10:00am3:00pm
Calling all little book lovers! The UQ Alumni Book Fair is holding a special Family Day for the first time this year.
Rare books at the Fryer Library.

White glove talk: rare Australian books from UQ’s Fryer Library (in person)

29 April 2022 5:30pm7:00pm
Don the white gloves and get up close to some of the treasures of Australian literature in this intimate event at UQ’s Fryer Library.

Donations, volunteering, and the Rare Book Auction

Donating books

We welcome donations of books of all types, magazines, vinyl records, posters, DVDs and CDs. Donations for the UQ Alumni Book Fair and Rare Book Auction can be left in the Book Shed, in the car park behind Building 82E, Seddon West, St Lucia campus, any time of day. The Book Bunker is also available for donations at UQ’s Long Pocket Campus, 80 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly (adjacent to the Banksia loading bay). Please note that the Long Pocket Campus is not open outside office hours.

If you have over ten medium-sized boxes of books and live in Brisbane, the Book Group may be able to help collect your books from you. To discuss a collection, please call the Book Group on +61 7 3346 3166.

Your donations are very appreciated!

Volunteer to support the Book Fair

More than 110,000 books are prepared each year for the UQ Alumni Book Fair. Preparation consists of sorting, classifying, pricing and packing books, then setting them up for a four-day fair. The books not selected for sale are passed onto community organisations, locally and overseas.

Work in preparation for each Book Fair begins immediately after the last one has ended, with a team of volunteers known as the Book Group, based at UQ’s Long Pocket Campus working year-round.

The Book Group is a collection of book lovers, including retired academics, teachers and professionals from Brisbane and across the world, who meet regularly. These volunteers donate approximately 10,000 hours each year to make the UQ Alumni Book Fair a success. Anyone with a love of books and a willingness to donate their time is welcome to join this dedicated team.

Volunteering as a current student

If you're a current UQ student, volunteering at the Book Fair is a great way to expand your skills and knowledge. Each year, the Book Fair organisers engage with over 100 volunteer students to make the Book Fair a success! If you are studying any of the following areas, we'd be grateful for your assistance: marketing; writing, editing and publishing; stock control and distribution; finance; database management; and sales.

To volunteer, please email uqalumni@uq.edu.au or phone +61 7 3346 3909 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Rare Book Auction

In addition to the annual UQ Alumni Book Fair, volunteers also run a Rare Book Auction every second year – the next Auction will be held in 2023. The Rare Book Auction is an opportunity for community members and collectors across the world to access rare books and other limited-edition items donated from private collections. 

Funds raised from the Rare Book Auction go towards scholarships, bursaries and research grants to help further the education of students at UQ. 

What makes the books so special? It could be their rarity, their provenance, their artistic value, their local historical significance, their academic influence, or even quality of their printing and binding. 
If you’d like to discuss donating a rare book, please reach out to the Book Group on +61 7 3346 3166.

Over the years, The Book Group has discovered several very exciting books, including Recherches Arithmetiques by Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). Read more about this title and other rare book stories: