Each year, the Lifeline Canberra Bookfair recycles up to 1 million books - many to our Bookfairs, many to other charities, and to paper recycling. Your continuing donations help keep our Telephone Crisis Support Service 13 11 14 available to the community. Thank you.
We accept all clean books (except Readers Digest Condensed books), comics, magazines and pamphlets, encyclopaedias (pre-1940 or the last 20 years only, please), sheet music, maps and atlases, calendars and postcards, stamps and trading cards, records, CDs, DVDs, talking books, puzzles, board games and models, collectable card games, war gaming and miniatures, computer software and games for current and historic operating systems. Materials in languages other than English are welcome.
Please do not bring damaged or soiled items. If possible, if you have more than a few books, please bring them in a container such as a cardboard box or shopping bag.
We now collect Lego! Have you got boxes of Lego collecting dust? You can now donate these to support Lifeline Canberra. If possible, bring Lego directly to the warehouse.
Please drop books off at our warehouse at 40 Heffernan St, Mitchell, ACT (02 6241 2901).
The warehouse is located at the roundabout at the intersection of Heffernan and Brookes Streets, opposite the shopping centre. Entry is via Heffernan Street; drop off is at the back of the carpark. Map
Book donations can also be made at the Lifeline Bookfairs. Click here to find out more
The best times for leaving books at the warehouse, when volunteers will be available to help, are:
- Weekdays 9:30am - 3:00pm
- Saturdays 8:00am - 5:00pm
There is also a shed in the driveway of the warehouse which is open 24/7 for donations.
If you have a large donation from a house or book shop clearance, school or church fete or unwanted school library books, please call Grahame from the Lifeline Canberra Warehouse on 0450 112 825 or phone the office on (02) 6171 6300.
In preparation for the July 2018 bookfair, our delivery driver will not be collecting books after the 6th of July until the 17th of July. He will collect books on the 17th and 18th, and then will recommence regular collections on Thursday the 24th of July.
If you have a large donation from a house or book shop clearance, school or church fete or unwanted school library books could you please call the Lifeline Canberra office on (02) 6171 6300.
Lifeline Canberra can arrange for our driver to come and collect all donations between the hours of 7:30am - 12:00pm.
Please note that, while we try to accommodate our valued donors as best we can, it is advisable to ring at least 1 week in advance in order to secure the pickup date that you require.
IMPORTANT: For the safety of yourself and our volunteers please ensure all boxes are not too big or overfilled. The weight of each box should be able to be lifted by one person. For special requirements please explain to the Lifeline Canberra office when booking.
The above information is also detailed in our handy pamphlet that you can print off for reference. If you would like a copy, you can access it at this link.
Other Drop-off Points
If you would like to drop off books and other items, but are unable to get to our warehouse in Mitchell, you are welcome to use a drop-off point listed below. Please note there is a maximum of three boxes at a time for this drop-off point.
Please call to arrange a time (usually between 2pm to 4pm) 02 6285 6239.