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Donating Books

Each year, Lifeline Canberra recycles up to 1 million books — many to our Bookfairs, Book Lovers Lane Store plus 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, encyclopedias (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.

Donations at our Mitchell Warehouse

Where

40 Heffernan St, Mitchell ACT 2911

Please adhere to the guidelines to ensure the safety of our donors and volunteers. This will include you unloading your own donations.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are working on a strictly limited roster. Thank you for understanding. 

When

**** Closing times may vary due to capacity of donations at the Warehouse during COVID-19 restriction ****

10:00 am2:00 pm (if capacity is reached earlier we will be unable to accept anymore donations for that day)

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Please do not leave donations outside the above times/days. 

Thank you for your understanding and support

Donation check list

Clean resalable books / items

Books / items to be packed in boxes no more than 10 kg in weight

If you don’t have boxes please place you books / items in cloth bags

If the books / items are damage or soiled we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them

Donations at Book Lovers Lane

Where

You will find our donation facility off Nyrang Street within the Niche Markets.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets

36 Mildura St, Fyshwick ACT 2609

When

Please bring only what you can carry

Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Donation check list

Clean resalable books / items

Books / items to be packed in boxes no more than 10 kg in weight

If you don’t have boxes please place you books / items in cloth bags

If the books / items are damage or soiled we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them

Large Donations / Pick-ups

If you have a large donation from a house could you please call the Lifeline Canberra office on (02) 6171 6300. Lifeline Canberra can arrange for our donations courier to come and collect your donations – which need to be left outside in their boxes/bags easily accessible in the driveway. This will ensure the safety of everyone, our donations courier will not be entering your house for collection.

We are asking schools, government agencies etc, to please arrange to have their books dropped off to our Mitchell Warehouse.

If you are feeling unwell and have organised a collection / drop off please be sure to reschedule. The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is essential during this uncertain time.