In an effort to protect the health and wellness of our dedicated volunteers and patrons we have made the tough decision to cancel plans for this year’s 42nd Annual YMCA Book Fair

We know you are excited to donate the stacks of books you've purged, but we currently are not accepting book donations. Please follow our YMCA Book Fair page on Facebook, for our 2021 YMCA Book Fair dates and details on when we will accept book donations again.

Our Annual YMCA Book Fair is the largest single fundraising event for the Gateway Region YMCA.  Proceeds from the Book Fair support the Y's cause of strengthening communities.

Daily, our YMCA Community Development, Washington University in St. Louis Campus Y, and the Carondelet Park Rec Complex are able to put staff and volunteers in our community to deliver life-changing programs to thousands of St. Louis area residents.

Although our Book Fair is not happening this year, we still look for your support to continue to our mission. To support our great work, please click here to make a gift. 

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We are Thank you to our Book Fair patrons!

  • Great Books, Great Price
  • Something For All Readers
  • Supports Our Community
  • Engages Hundreds of Volunteers
  • Teaches Youth to Give Back

The Community Development YMCA provides FREE reading tutoring to youth and adults.

  • Volunteers in our tutoring programs help hundreds of individuals improve their reading skills and meet their personal goals.
  • Local middle school students participate in Science Gone Mad, a program to connect youth to STEM education.
  • Parents increase their confidence while building at-home libraries for their children in our Beginning Babies with Books program.

Student Members of the Washington University in St. Louis Campus YMCA deliver 20,000 or more hours of free community service each year throughout the region.

  • Volunteers in our Help to Heal program reach out weekly to victims of domestic abuse at a local family shelter, giving children the chance to simply be kids!
  • Local middle school children participate in Science Olympiad, a national science competition.
  • Children at five local hospitals engage with patients in fun and stimulating science experiments through our Einstein Explorers partnership. 
  • Campus Y Student Members volunteer at several local YMCA branches to serve hundreds of children as youth sports coaches.

The Carondelet Park Rec Complex is able to engage youth in our community.

  • Providing Leaders Club to teens so they can develop social and leadership skills while discovering how they can give back to their communities. 
  • Youth and Government which gives students the opportunity to experience the democratic process and develop the leadership skills needed to become citizens of a participatory society.
  • Water safety programs provide youth the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill of swimming. 
  • Summer day camp where youth have a safe place to be during the summer all while meeting new friends, learning social skills, and developing a positive sense of self.

In light of the increased threat of the COVID-19 Virus, we are suspending donations to our YMCA Book Fair. Please visit this page for more information on when we will resume accepting donations. 

When you donate books to our Book Fair, you strengthen the community.  We accept books, at most locations, from February 1 – June 30 each year.

Book donations can be dropped off at the YMCA locations listed below. For more information or to coordinate large book donations, please contact the Book Fair at 314-353-4960.

Carondelet Park Rec Complex
Chesterfield Family YMCA
Community Development YMCA
Edwards Jones Family YMCA
Emerson Family YMCA
Kirkwood Family YMCA
Mid-County Family YMCA
O'Fallon Family YMCA, MO
South City Family YMCA
South County Family YMCA
St. Charles Family YMCA
Washington University Campus YMCA

If possible, please package donations in small boxes.

We appreciate donations of:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  • Children’s Books
  • Text Books (dated within the past 5 years)

We are unable to accept donations of:

  • Encyclopedia sets
  • National geographic condensed sets and magazines
  • Periodicals (except cooking and craft)
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Readers digest
  • VHS & audio tapes 

If you have 10 boxes or more, please drop off at the Community Development YMCA, 600 Loughborough Ave, St. Louis, MO 63111.
Monday- Friday between 8:30 am - 12:30 pm or call 314-776-7102 for after hours.

There are LOTS of opportunities to volunteer for our YMCA Book Fair, and if you are interested in volunteering, we would love to welcome you to our team!  Please email and we will get you connected!

Volunteer opportunities include:

Main room pricing:
Most Hardcovers - $2.00
Mass Market Paperbacks - $.50
Trade and Large Paperbacks - $1.00
Oversized Paperbacks - $2.00
Magazines, Pamphlets, Maps, Sheet Music - $.25
Children’s Books - $1.50 per inch

Specialty room items priced as marked. 

Audio Visual (Sets price per each):
Books on Tape - $.50
Books on CD - $1.00
DVD Movies - $1.00 or 10/$5.00
DVD Sets  - $2.00
Digital Games  - $1.00
VHS Tapes - $.50 or 3/$1.00
CD Music- $.50 or 10/$3.00
LP Album - $1.00
78 RM - $.25
45 RPM - $.50
Cassettes (blank/music) & 8 Track - $.25
Compact Discs, Blank CD/DVD, Head Cleaner - $.50

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Our book fair is happy to support other non-profits on our box and clean-up days. Please fill out this form for more information. 


When you volunteer at the Y, you not only enhance your personal well-being but also take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood.

Donate to Support the Book Fair

Daily, our YMCA Community Development, Washington University Campus Y, and the Carondelet Park Rec Complex are able to put staff and volunteers in our community to deliver life-changing programs to thousands of St. Louis area residents. Through the years, your support of our book fair has given us the ability to make programs like tutoring, leadership development, and Youth and Government available for all. Without proceeds from the annual YMCA Book Fair, many of these programs would not be possible. We hope that you will continue to support these programs with a direct gift to the YMCA.