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 offer free research and reference services, exhibitions, and programs for the public, the contributions of Book Fair volunteers continue to have a positive impact long after the sale ends.


First-timers, veteran Book Fair volunteers, and everyone in between are welcome to sign up. Volunteer shifts take place in the days before, during, and after the sale. Tasks vary by shift and may include set-up, greeting, restocking, tallying and checking, and squirreling. When volunteer registration is open, you may register for as many or few shifts as you wish to commit to. Book Fair organizers do their best to honor all registration requests and will prioritize accessibility accommodations. Please note that some of these tasks may require heavy lifting, standing for extended periods of time, and walking around the sale floor, while other shifts involve sitting for extended periods of time.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Newberry Book Fair. Online volunteer registration for the 2017 Book Fair will open in the spring of 2017. Please contact Jo Anne Moore at (312) 255-3556 or if you would like more information about Book Fair volunteering.

Did you know you can also support the Newberry by donating your books?