UQ Alumni Book Fair
The UQ Alumni Book Fair is a prime activity of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. and is conducted biennially, generally in late April.
Its purpose is to raise money, which is expended on University projects through the UQ Alumni Trust, and to bring alumni and members of the general public to the University's St Lucia campus as part of community projects.
On average, approximately one hundred and fifty thousand books are prepared for sale for each Book Fair. Preparation consists of sorting, classifying, pricing and packing books, not all of which are accepted for sale. Books not selected for the Book Fair may be passed on to community organisations such as Anglicare and Red Cross, or in the case of outdated text books, sent overseas to third-world countries through organisations such as Rotary.
Work in preparation for each Biennial Book Fair commences almost immediately after the preceding Book Fair has concluded. This work takes place within an area of the Alumni Centre (University building 91C, St Lucia Campus), which is referred to as Book House. All of this work is undertaken by regular groups of book lovers who meet on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and who are known as the Book House Volunteers. The vast majority of Book House Volunteers are retired academics, teachers and professionals. However, not all are graduates, and, whilst a significant number are graduates of The University of Queensland, there are also graduates from other universities who love books and volunteer.
The average volunteer contributes approximately 200 hours to Book House in a non-Book Fair year and around 275 hours in a Book Fair year. Overall it is estimated that between 18,000-20,000 hours are contributed over a two-year period by volunteers in the lead-up to and conduct of a Book Fair. This is a massive contribution from the community.
IF YOU WISH TO BECOME A BOOK FAIR and/or BOOKHOUSE VOLUNTEER PLEASE COMPLETE THE VOLUNTEER SHEET ABOVE AND EMAIL AS AN ATTACHMENT TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR POST TO: