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The Newberry Book Fair

The Newberry Book Fair, Chicago’s favorite used book binge, is held annually on the last weekend of July. Shoppers are invited to browse through more than 135,000 books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or under. Scour the sale for amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, history books, and much more. Admission is free and all proceeds support the Newberry. For additional information, please call (312) 255-3581 or email


How Can I Donate?

Book Fair donations can be dropped off from 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday at the Newberry’s rear entrance off of Oak Street. Please ring the bell at the door for entry and place donations in the box just inside the door. If you are dropping off more than six boxes, we ask that you contact us in advance at (312) 255-3581 or

What Can I Donate?

We accept books in all genres, with the following exceptions:

  • Reference Books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines, newspapers, posters, calendars, and bookmarks
  • Playbills
  • VHS cartridges, Tape Cassettes, 8-track cartridges, Laser Discs, 45rpm or 78rpm records, reel-to-reel tapes
  • Household items, electronics and non-book items
  • Items that have torn and missing pages or water damage

Will You Pick Up Books?

We regret that we are unable to pick up books.

Is a Donation Tax Deductible?

Donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be picked up when you make your donation.

Will I be able to get into Preview Night next year?

If you were eligible to attend Book Fair Preview Night in 2020 or 2021, we plan to invite you to Preview Night in 2022. We do hope you will continue your support of the Newberry’s Annual Fund by renewing your membership.

Can I volunteer for Book Fair

More information about volunteering for Book Fair will be available in the spring of 2022.

Any further questions can be directed to (312) 255-3581 or