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Donate books

Bookshelves groaning under the weight of too many books? Want someone else to enjoy them? We happily take books in good condition for our shops and fairs as well as rare, antique and collectible books for our Special Auctions. Not only will you feel good about saving them from landfill, all funds raised go back into our services – and you'll have more space to buy new books! Donating books to Lifeline contributes to a circular economy and allows us to channel profits into purpose.

Please note that we are unable to accept donations at our Book Shops.

Please refer to the details below and choose the drop-off location that is most convenient for you.

Our locations


West Lindfield Book Depot

Open Mon–Thur 9am–3pm

Corner of Polding and Ignatius Roads,
West Lindfield 

Hornsby Book Depot

Open Tue–Thur 9:30am–1:30pm

1/51 Leighton Place,

Gordon Book Shed

Open 24/7

4 Park Avenue,


Please see below for further information about each drop-off point.

Our book fairs and shops are known for the excellent range and condition of books on offer. But they wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our community, who ensure we have a steady stream of high-quality and often special books that our eager book buyers just love.


Importantly, these donations also ensure a steady stream of funds for the crisis-support and suicide-prevention services we provide at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney, from counselling to community services and group programs. By turning profit into purpose, we can make sure Lifeline is there when people need us most.


We have three locations – Gordon, West Lindfield and Hornsby – where you can drop off books; see below for details. If you have any questions about donating books, please get in touch. 


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Choose from three drop-off locations 

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney has three convenient locations in Gordon, West Lindfield and Hornsby where you can drop off book donations. 

Please place donations in a small cardboard box or bag that is light enough for our volunteers to carry easily. Labels are helpful too. 

We treat rare, antique or collectible books with great care, so please let us know if your donations are valuable. Thank you! 

West Lindfield Book Depot

Opening hours 

PLEASE NOTE: Lindfield Book Depot will be closed from Monday 15 July, and we will reopen on Monday 22 July.

  • Monday: 9:00am-3:00pm 
  • Tuesday: 9:00am-3:00pm 
  • Wednesday: 9:00am-3:00pm 
  • Thursday: 9:00 am-3:00pm 
  • Friday: Closed 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: Closed 

We are not open on public holidays. 


Corner of Polding and Ignatius Roads, West Lindfield 

Drive up the driveway, through the bushy block, to the carpark.  

Hornsby Book Depot

Opening hours 

  • Monday: Closed 
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am–1:30 pm 
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am–1:30 pm 
  • Thursday: 9:30 am–1:30 pm 
  • Friday: Closed 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: Closed 

We are not open on public holidays. 


1/51 Leighton Place, Hornsby  

On reaching the far end of Leighton Place, at the top of the hill there’s a large white sign that says: 51 Leighton Place – 150 metres. Follow the driveway in the direction shown, past the other buildings.   

Number 51 is at the end of the driveway, and Unit 1 can be reached by taking the down ramp to the left of the main entrance. Unit 1 is immediately at the bottom of the ramp on the right.  

Please park with consideration for other tenants. 

Gordon Book Shed

Opening hours 

Donations are accepted 24/7. The shed is emptied on Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons.  


4 Park Avenue, Gordon 

Located in the car park off Pearson Avenue (behind our office). As you enter the car park, on the right is a silver-coloured garden shed. It is set back slightly from the car park and next to the blue clothing bins. 

If the shed is full, please come back another time so donations don’t get weather-damaged. 

What do we accept? 

If you have books in good condition you’d like to donate, we'd love to hear from you. We accept: 

  • new and used books 
  • comics, graphic novels and manga 
  • textbooks, maps and atlases 
  • CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and sheet music 
  • audiobooks on CD 
  • foreign language materials 
  • computer games 
  • postage stamp collections 
  • jigsaw puzzles.  

We also welcome rare, valuable or antiquarian books. Offered at our Special auctions at major book fairs, these books generate a lot of interest and raise significant amounts for our services and are particularly appreciated. 

What we don't take 

We only accept high-quality donations. If items are yellowed, mouldy, torn, dirty, have been written in or defaced, or have pages stuck together or are in any other way damaged, please do not donate them. We also don't take: 

  • Reader's Digest magazines  
  • condensed books  
  • adult encyclopaedias (no matter how new)  
  • magazines (including National Geographic and Australian Geographic) 
  • videotapes 
  • books that are left over from other organisations' book sales, fetes or fundraising events 
  • books that have been retired from school or public library collections. 

Our volunteers spend a lot of time processing the books we receive, and it costs Lifeline money to dispose of those that don’t make the grade, so please don’t donate anything you wouldn’t pass on to a friend or see at one of our fairs or shops. Put them in the recycling instead – you’ll still be doing good.

All donations in good condition are gratefully received 
and help fund our crisis-support and suicide-prevention services. 

Want to donate other items? 

Our retail shops also accept 
clean donations in good condition.