Lifeline bookfair finds permanent home at Fyshwick

Dominic Giannini 22 August 2020 8
Lifeline Booklovers Lane at Fyshwick Markets

Lifeline Book Lovers Lane at Fyshwick Markets is the new go-to destination for bibliophiles (and cinephiles). Photo: Michelle Kroll.

While the treasured Lifeline Bookfair will not be going ahead as planned because of COVID-19, there is still some good news for bibliophiles with the opening of a permanent Lifeline Bookshop at the Fyshwick Niche Market.

Book Lovers Lane is filled with books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, comics and more – and it will be refreshed from Lifeline’s Bookfair stock which had over 11,250 boxes of books and other items at the last bookfair at EPIC in February.

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Bargains can be found straight from the get-go, with a sale this weekend (30 July to 2 August) on education resources for pre-school to Year 12 students.

A large number of student workbooks, handbooks and texts will be on offer, as well as both student and teaching resources for science, society and environment, art and craft, drama and music. There are also children’s books in languages other than English.

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All funds will go directly to Lifeline’s crisis support service, 13 11 14.

“It costs $26 to answer a life-saving call in our telephone crisis support centre [and] at Book Lovers Lane, this equates to around a handful of books, so every purchase is valuable,” Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson said.

Lifeline Bookfair

Volunteers Darcy Di-Donna and Chloe Mann, with Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson and treasurer Arran Curll at the Lifeline Bookfair in September 2019. Photo: Michael Weaver.

Book Lovers Lane, located within the Niche Market at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, is open Thursday to Sunday. Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Donations can also be dropped off at Book Lovers Lane Saturday and Sunday only 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Items must be clean and packed into cloth bags or boxes of no more than 10kg.

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8 Responses to Lifeline bookfair finds permanent home at Fyshwick
Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 1:02 pm 02 Aug 20

I visited it on Friday. It's great if you plan a general search, but not great if looking for a particular author. Even if the books were group sorted in just A, B, C, etc it would assist, but they aren't. I found one book I wanted by chance, but searching was too difficult, so left soon after that.

    Philip Armour Philip Armour 5:13 pm 06 Aug 20

    Julie, you could volunteer and do the sorting so that this doesn’t happen, I’m sure you’d be just what Lifeline needs

Ray Ez Ray Ez 2:06 am 31 Jul 20

Can’t wait to visit!

Alex Hanisch Alex Hanisch 7:04 pm 30 Jul 20

Does this mean they’ve started accepting donations again?

Lifeline Canberra Lifeline Canberra 5:16 pm 30 Jul 20

The Lifeline Canberra Warehouse is currently working on restricted operating hours given the current risks associated with COVID-19.

However Donations can be dropped off at Book Lovers Lane:





Between 10am - 2pm

Donation check list:

* Clean resalable books / items

* Books / items to be packed in boxes no more than 10 kg in weight

* If you don’t have boxes please place you books / items in cloth bags

* If the books / items are damage or soiled we are unable to accept them due to the high cost in recycling them.

Thank you to the wonderful Canberra community for your continued support.

Alison Osmand Alison Osmand 3:42 pm 30 Jul 20

Great news

Rachel Martin Rachel Martin 3:34 pm 30 Jul 20

When are these said markets on? Please and thanks

James Ellis James Ellis 3:20 pm 30 Jul 20

Oh this is amazing

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