Book Fair Volunteering | Newberry

Book Fair Volunteering

Volunteering at the Newberry Book Fair is a terrific way to take part in one of the largest and best used book sales in the nation. The Book Fair would not be possible without the hundreds of people who generously volunteer their time to make the event a success each year. And because all proceeds support the Newberry’s mission to freely share our collection, the contributions of Book Fair volunteers continue to have a positive impact long after the sale ends.


No experience is necessary! Volunteer shifts take place in the days before, during, and after the sale. Tasks vary by shift and may include:

  • pre-sale set-up
  • greeting customers
  • restocking shelves
  • tallying prices
  • checkout
  • squirreling

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for as many shifts as they wish. Please note that some of these tasks may require heavy lifting, standing for extended periods of time, and moving around the sales floor, while others involve sitting for extended periods of time. We do our best to honor all registration requests and will prioritize accessibility accommodations.


Book Fair volunteer registration is now closed.

If you have any questions about Book Fair, please contact Jo Anne Moore at (312) 255-3556 or

Did you know you can also support the Newberry by donating your books or becoming a member?