UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction FAQ

Payment details on the day

Card payments are preferred however we will also accept cash. Unfortunately we cannot receive cheques. 

Where is the closest parking?

The Book Fair will be held in the UQ Centre on Union Rd, St Lucia. There is parking available inside the UQ Centre, in the carpark next door and beneath the playing fields behind the centre. All of these areas cost $2.50 per hour. There are less expensive options in other areas of the St Lucia campus. Further details can be found here.

Can I see what books will be up for auction?

Of course! You can peruse the Rare Book Auction catalogue here.

More than a hundred books will be on offer at this year’s auction. Some of our most exciting finds include a beautiful, complete set of leather-bound Jane Austen novels, published 1880-1882, and a rare 1882 edition of The Works of Alfred Tennyson.

Can I register an absentee bid?

Yes. All you need to do is fill out this form and email it to alumnifriends@uq.edu.au or post it to the Alumni Friends offices at St Lucia (the complete postal address can be found on the absentee bid form linked above). But get in fast! Absentee bids will not be accepted after 1:00pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

What is the Rare Book Auction?

You can find out more about the Rare Book Auction here.Since the first Alumni Book Fair in 1979, the Rare Book Auction has taken place every two years. This year, it’s back! On Friday, April 30th at 6:30pm, we will be auctioning off more than a hundred rare books. Read all about it here.

Is there anything else to do on campus?

There’s always plenty to see at the University of Queensland. Explore the lovely Forgan Smith building, featuring the Walter Harrison Law Library. Or, check out one of our many museums. We have a range of museums that cover art, anthropology, physics and fascinating antiquities.

If you want to get some fresh air, just step outside! Take a stroll through the beautiful Great Court, find some shade in our Natural Amphitheatre or visit the ducks at UQ Lakes. Or, if you’re bringing the kids, visit the UQ Playground.

Are there any food outlets open?

Yes. There are many options to grab a bite at St Lucia, whether you want coffee, pizza or something healthier. Explore our food and drink services here.

How do I get there? - public transport options

Our St Lucia campus is accessible by car, bus, bike or ferry. Find more details about transportation options here.

Do I have to register?

You will need to register in order to attend and please note that due to capacity restrictions, there may be a short wait to enter the exhibition hall. Click here to register.

Do I have to register my children?

Yes, if you are registering, you must also reserve a ticket for children of all ages. Click here to register.

Can I volunteer?

We appreciate the help of volunteers. Find out more here

How do I donate books?

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 QLD 4068 (adjacent to the Banksia loading bay). Please note that the Long Pocket Campus is not open outside normal office hours.

Donations of large quantities of books need to be pre-arranged. Please call the Book Group on +61 7 3346 3166.

Find out more about the history of the UQ Alumni Book Fair and Rare Book Auction.

Is there anywhere I can find out about the history of the Alumni Book Fair?

If you want to know more about the history of the Alumni Book Fair and the Rare Book Auction, check out this article to read all about it.