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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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Book Sale Volunteer

Open Book

We Need Your Help

UC Books has temporarily suspended most of our operations and will not be accepting donations or recruiting new volunteers until further notice. The health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, alumni and friends are very important to us. 

When conditions permit, we look forward to running our annual sale.

This page will be updated as our services resume.

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.

Volunteer Applications

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.

Available Role

Fall Sale

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be holding a fall sale in 2022. We are looking forward to 2023.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Additional

  • 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

Skills

  • 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