The 2022 Newberry Book Fair | Newberry

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair

Friday, July 29, 2022Sunday, July 31, 2022

10am - 6pm

Open to the Public

Chicago’s most popular used-book sale is back! Browse through thousands of books in dozens of genres, including fiction, philosophy, history, art, cooking, children’s literature, and much, much more. With many items priced at $3 or less, you can stock up on new reads and expand your own personal library on the cheap. Admission is free.

Everything for sale at the volunteer-led Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s mission to foster a deeper understanding of our world through research and learning.

Want to help with Book Fair? Volunteer opportunities will open on June 1.

Want to donate your books to the sale? Read our FAQ below.

Know in Advance:

  • Book Fair will be cashless: only debit and credit cards accepted.
  • Please bring your own shopping bags.
  • We recommend taking public transportation to the Book Fair, as street parking is limited.

Preview Day (Thursday, July 28)

Be the first to get into Book Fair and scour the sale for literary treasures. Members of the Newberry Associates at the Authors level and above ($100 or more/year) are invited to Book Fair Preview Day on Thursday, July 28. Learn more.

If you have any questions about Book Fair, please contact us at (312) 255-3581 or

Donating Books to Book Fair - FAQ

How Can I Donate?

Book Fair donations can be dropped off from 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday at the Newberry’s north entrance off of Oak Street. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, July 2. 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 15 boxes, we ask that you contact us in advance at (312) 255-3581 or

If you have questions or need assistance when you arrive to drop off books, please enter the building and head to our lobby, where some of our volunteers and staff can assist you.

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.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to all. No advance tickets or registration required.