About Us
Benefitting Education and Literacy Programs
About the Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Our Mission

Our mission is threefold: to empower youth with literacy, to empower the community through ongoing support of local charities, and to empower our volunteers through experiences that create lasting memories. Oh, the stories we’ll tell!

stack of open books
1950s book fair
Our History

Since 1950, Book Fair has been a favorite seasonal destination of book lovers and collectors nationwide. Volunteers work year-round gathering over one million new, gently used, and rare items from individuals, estates, businesses, and other organizations. Fair proceeds assist local education and literacy programs with operational expenses, student aid, and other financial needs.

volunteer with man and daughter
Benefitting Charities

Since its inception, Greater St. Louis Book Fair proceeds have benefitted local education and literacy programs for underserved individuals in the St. Louis community. Our 2021 grant recipients include all of the following:

Ready Readers


LIFE Foundation

Home Works!



Books for Newborns


Assistance League of St. Louis

Sherwood Forest

Noble Neighbor

Library Foundation

Haven of Grace

Our Lady's Inn

The Little Bit Foundation

English Tutoring Project

Books for STL Kids

Gene Slay's

Environmental Impact

Recycling books within our community reduces waste. Those who donate books to the Greater St. Louis Book Fair give them a second life instead of sending them to a landfill. We use what we already have to foster a love for literacy and create a culture that loves reading.

erecting a book house
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What We Do