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.

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. A sincere thank you to everyone who made this possible – from the student and alumni volunteers to everyone who bought a book – this incredible result is because of you 

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.

UQ Alumni Book Fair® (in person)

29 April 2022 9:00am2 May 2022 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.

About the UQ Alumni Book Fair and Rare Book Auction

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-days 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.

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. Sticking to a clear mission of fundraising to support the community, every item donated to the UQ Alumni Book Fair and Rare Book Auction has the potential to help someone.

In 2021, more than $148,000 was raised through these events to support student scholarships, building on decades of fundraising efforts spear-headed by Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland and a large team of dedicated volunteers.