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YMCA Book Fair

The Y strives to strengthen communities around the St. Louis area. Literacy is a big part of making families and communities stronger. The Annual Y Book Fair benefits Y Community Literacy, as well as youth programs at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex and Washington University Campus Y.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are donated to the Y, so we can provide a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices. Our book fair started in 1978, by a group of dedicated volunteers, as a one day fair in the gymnasium. It has since has grown into a five day event.

For more information on the YMCA Book Fair contact us at, call us at 314.353.4960, Like us on Facebook or sign up for our email list.

Join us for our 37th Annual YMCA Book Fair

Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park
550 Weidman Rd, St. Louis, MO, 63011    


The book fair will open the morning of Thursday, August 13, at 9am.  Preview night has become preview day (9AM-9PM) and is a day earlier!   

First Selection Day, $10 Admission: Thursday, August 13, 9am - 9pm, wristbands for opening day will go on sale at 7:30am.
Free Admission Days: August 14-17, 9am - 9pm
1/2 Price Day: Sunday, August 16
We will close the fair Monday, August 17 with $10 box day.

Our Rare Book List was last updated August 1, 2015.


How to Become a Book Fair Volunteer

The Y Book Fair was started by Y volunteers and remains one of our biggest volunteer service events every year!  It is an event that you have to see to believe.  It takes some 400 volunteers and nearly 8,000 volunteer hours to pull off one of our region’s most notable book fairs.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact or Debbie Redmond at