About the Bookshop

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Hello!

This 100% volunteer-run OXFAM Second Hand Bookshop is located at 5 Hutt Street in the lovely city of Adelaide (overlooking the East Parklands and within smelling distance of the fab cafes of Hutt Street and the East End). It is, as far as we know, Australia’s first and only dedicated OXFAM Bookshop, and home to the famous biannual $1 Super Sidewalk Book Sale.

What do we do?

With over 20,000 shelved fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as CDs, DVDs, Boardgames and Jigsaws, the Bookshop is a treasure trove of fantastic fiction and reference books, at affordable prices for both recent and older publications. Our range of stock is rich and eclectic as the shelves are stocked entirely by privately donated items with a regular turnover. Our most recently arrived stock can be found in the ‘New Acquisitions’ shelves and ‘as new’ books can be found in our ‘Good Enough to Gift’ display. Refer to the official A-Z of the many and varied subject areas under which books are shelved. (NB Upon occasion we discover the Bookshop Fairies have quietly snuck in an extra subject sub-category to keep life interesting)

Regular customers will also know our themed displays change weekly, and we offer special promotions and events throughout the year catering to a range of reading tastes. Our News & Reviews, and Events pages can offer you further details. You may also wish to subscribe to our quarterly e-magazine; bundling up all the Bookshop’s latest news, offers and most popular online reading articles and links. A limited number of printed copies will be available to customers in the Bookshop. Subscribe or opt out at anytime by visiting and following the prompts on our ‘Contact Us’ page. Also discover us on Facebook and Instagram

Why do we do it?

Our aim is to be known as Adelaide’s best value second hand bookshop in order to sustainably maximise ongoing revenue in support of OXFAM Australia’s many humanitarian projects. We believe in OXFAM’s work alleviating the hardship of those less fortunate; addressing poverty and inequality. To find out more about how the Bookshop’s fundraising is used, please visit the OXFAM Australia website:  https://www.oxfam.org.au/

We love books and believe in the important service of providing a wide range of quality fiction and non-fiction titles at affordable prices to local communities. We are also able to support other NFP local community groups through diverting surplus stock. These groups include local charity Op-Shops and SPSA – (South Pacific Schools Aid).

We are ever grateful for the donations of books received from the public. They are the life blood of the Bookshop.

Origins

The Bookshop is run by a management committee and current volunteer group of over 100 members. Some members have been with the organisation for over 40 years from when the Bookshop started life as a little book stall in front of an Adelaide supermarket; fundraising for Community Aid Abroad by local members. Over time, the book stall took up a temporary home in a local church hall, opening weekly to local book-lovers and in the early 1990s, it moved into, and quickly outgrew, the narrow workroom of the current premises. Fortunately an opportunity arose to expand into the current storefront where it has now been operating successfully for over 20 years. Over that time, opening days have also increased with Wednesdays welcomed into the fold by mid 2016. The Bookshop is now open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am-5pm. FY2018/19 was our best year yet with fundraising; with takings of over $250,000 contributing to a total revenue over its life of $2.5million.

We are honoured to have long-term member Don Gobbett serving as the Bookshop’s patron. Don has been an OXFAM volunteer and donor for over twenty years and was Chair of the Bookshop Group for almost half of that time. Both he and ongoing Bookshop Management Committee member Jenny Court  were awarded Order of Australia medals “for service to the community through charitable organisations” by the Governor-General on the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015. Jenny has been involved with OXFAM and Community Aid Abroad before it, since participating in CAA’s Walk Against Want over 40 years ago. Since then Jenny has been a member of the state committee, a member of the National Executive of Community Aid Abroad, long-term member of the North Adelaide/Prospect OXFAM Group, and invaluable Bookshop volunteer for the past 15 years.*

If you are interested in volunteering at the Bookshop please email us at oxfambooksadelaide@gmail.com

If you wish to volunteer with OXFAM Australia, please visit their website for further details.

*Source of information: https://www.oxfam.org.au/2015/07/oxfam-volunteers-awarded-an-order-of-australia-medal/