Book Fair is…

Book Fair was started in 1961 to promote the love of reading in children and to raise funds for the Rockcliffe Park Public School library. It’s grown into a beloved community celebration, drawing thousands of visitors who purchase tens of thousands of books each year.

Proceeds from Book Fair go to support the literacy program and other initiatives at Rockcliffe Park Public School. Book Fair also provides annual grants to other Ottawa area schools to support their literacy programs.

Great deals and amazing finds – Book Fair shoppers can choose from among tens of thousands of used books: fiction and non-fiction, for every age and stage. It’s a great place to find titles long out of print, to pick up recent bestsellers, or to find copies of the classics.

A sense of community – Book Fair is more than just one of Ontario’s finest used book sales. It’s also a much-anticipated community event: a place to bump into friends and neighbours. Browse while your children get creative at our Kids’ Craft Table. Then compare your fantastic finds over coffee and dessert from our Café du Monde!

Many hands make light work – Book Fair depends upon donations, not just of books, but also of time. Our tireless volunteers:

  • collect books year-round
  • unload dozens of bookshelves and hundreds of boxes of books in the weeks leading up to Book Fair
  • sort, price, shelve and organize thousands of titles
  • transforming Queen Juliana Hall (aka the Big Gym) into the bustling marketplace you see each year
  • direct shoppers, run the cash registers, serve in the Café du Monde and restock bookshelves

On the Sunday evening, they pack everything up—books, shelves, tables and all—and get ready to do it all over again.

Thanks to everyone who makes Book Fair possible!