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Donating Books

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.

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 drop books off at our warehouse:

40 Heffernan St, Mitchell, ACT
Phone 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.


The best times for leaving books at the warehouse, when volunteers will be available to help, are:

Weekdays 9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am – 4:00pm

There is also a shed in the driveway of the warehouse which is open 24/7 for donations.


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.


Please note we are unable to collect donations from Wednesday 22 Jan until Tuesday 18 Feb 2020 due to our February Bookfair. 

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 after Tuesday 18 Feb 2020.

NOTE: 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. Download guide here (PDF 699KB)

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.

NOTE: Please note there is a maximum of three boxes at a time for this drop-off point.

Queanbeyan City Council Library – 6 Rutledge St, Queanbeyan NSW.
Please call to arrange a time (usually between 2pm to 4pm) 02 6285 6239.