Welcome to Oxfam Secondhand Books

Our bookshop is 100% managed and run by a group of dedicated volunteers

We are an agency of Oxfam Australia, and all proceeds from our shop go to support their work

All our stock is donated, recycled books, which our volunteers sort, clean, price and shelve for sale.

The shop started as a street trading stall outside an Adelaide supermarket in the 1970s, supporting Oxfam Australia’s predecessor, Community Aid Abroad.
Over time, the shop expanded, shifted location several times, until 1992 when it came to its home at 5 Pirie Street.
Until 2000, the shop traded on Tuesdays and had monthly weekend sales.
In 2000, the shop started opening three days per week, and discontinued the sales.
The premises was renovated in 2008, allowing a greater amount of stock to be carried.
Since this time, the opening hours were gradually expanded to five days per week.