• Rob Lee

Lifeline Bookfair Warehouse

Updated: Jul 25

The Lifeline Bookfair is an institution in Canberra. Three times each year Lifeline conducts a fair to sell a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including rare books, collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books.

All the books sold at book fairs are donated from the Canberra community. A warehouse, staffed by volunteers, operates 6 days per week, 52 weeks a year to receive, sort and prepare books for the fairs.

The warehouse is a unique ‘Bookspace’. It is not a library. It is not a bookstore. It is an industrial site designed to process second-hand books for sale. The volunteers bring energy, expertise and organisational skills to the process. Each year thousands of books are sold at the book fairs raising a significant proportion of the operating budget for Lifeline Canberra.

Lifeline permitted me to photograph the warehouse during 2018. The images depict the incredible operation that sustains the book fairs. My thanks to management, staff and the volunteers who assisted in this project.