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Donating Books

Each year, Lifeline Canberra recycles up to 1 million books — many to our Bookfairs, Book Lovers Lane and to paper recycling. 

Please take a moment to read what we are able to accept – the cost of recycling continue to go up, we appreciate your support and understanding with this. 

We accept all clean books (except Readers Digest Condensed books), comics, magazines (click here for the magazines we are currently accepting) and pamphlets, encyclopedias (pre-1940 or the last 20 years only), sheet music, maps and atlases, calendars and postcards, stamps and trading cards, records, CDs, DVDs (no ex-rentals from school / public library), 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.

We cannot accept cassette tapes, VHS tapes, catalogues and textbooks with highlighting/marking. We also kindly ask you to please read through the check list for how to bring your donations to us.

We also have moving boxes for sale at our warehouse in Mitchell – $1 each, cash or EFTPOS, three different sizes.   

Where

40 Heffernan St, Mitchell ACT 2911

Due to the increase in COVID cases in Canberra, and how this effects our volunteers can you please ring (our warehouse 6241 2901)  before dropping off donations. 

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

When

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday 
  • Thursday  
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Saturday 3 December 2022 11.30 am – 2.00 pm, we apologies if this causes any inconvenience.

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

NOTE about Wednesday drop off – If you are intending to drop off donations on a Wednesday, please note you may encounter some delays. We have our collection of pallets and the use of a forklift and truck is in use. To adhere to our WHS procedures we will close donations for a short period of time.

Donation check list

Clean resalable books / items

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

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

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

Christmas 2022 Warehouse Shutdown

Friday 23 December last day of donations for 2022
Saturday 24 December CLOSED
Sunday 25 December CLOSED
Monday 26 December CLOSED
Tuesday 27 December CLOSED
Wednesday 28 December CLOSED
Thursday 29 December CLOSED
Friday 30 December CLOSED
Saturday 31 December CLOSED
Sunday 1 January CLOSED
Monday 2 January CLOSED
Tuesday 3 January reopen for donations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thank you to each and every person who has donated during 2022. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday. Take care and we look forward to sharing 2023 with you all.

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

* open Saturday 24 December – closed Sunday 25 December

* closed Saturday 31 December – closed Sunday 1 January 2023

* open Saturday 7 January – open Sunday 8 January

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 your books / items in cloth bags

If the books / items are damaged 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. Please note books need to be packed flat in boxes that weigh no more than 10 kg.

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.