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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
shelf of books related to drama

Book Sale Volunteer

Open Book

UC Books is well known for its massive annual October Book Sale at University College. But in fact, our operation runs year-round, preparing for the Book Sale, supplying the Book Shop at the College and selling valuable books through targeted direct sales.

We welcome a wide range of volunteers who can offer long-term or short-term, skilled or unskilled assistance. Whatever your interest and abilities, we have a role for you. We offer on-the-job training and supervision.

*While we are not currently looking for more volunteers, please check back here later in the summer for further details about volunteering at the Fall Sale. 

Available Role

  • Fall Sale


    • Help with room setup – organize books within the various categories (when possible, volunteers can work within topic areas of their interest)
    • Price books as required during setup
    • Organize sections
    • During sale, work at the cash/checkout desks (training is provided for those choosing to work in this area)
    • Help customers, answer questions, supervise book rooms and keep tables tidy
    • After sale, help with takedown and packing books for distribution or disposal
    • Help out in the cloak room and with setting out snacks


    • Most roles do require some lifting, but accommodations are made for those with limitations
    • We try to match volunteers to an area of their preference, but flexibility is required to ensure all tasks are complete


    • Love of books and enjoyment in working with other volunteers and our customers
    • Flexible and willing to work at a multitude of tasks before, during and after the sale