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Who We Are

The Annerley Community Bookshop and Neighbourhood Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit community enterprise that has been operating in its current form since 2003 and is the only one of its type in Australia. 

Purpose and Objectives

We aim to be a self-supporting, not-for-profit bookshop and community enterprise that re-invests all profits into the development of the organisation and the local community.


a)   To provide a wide range of affordable books and literature to promote and support literacy and reading in the community.


b)   To provide meaningful opportunities for engagement with others in the local community for volunteers, committee members, customers and other supporters of the Association.


c)   To respond creatively to address perceived  community needs and to collaborate with educational institutions, government and non-government organisations and service providers, businesses and individuals to this end.

Day to Day Operations

The Bookshop is staffed by a Manager three days per week and additional assistance is all provided by volunteers. The shop relies on donations of books from organisations and private donors for its stock and holds a range of fiction and non-fiction titles. Management of stock involves initial sorting, categorising and pricing donated books. Most books are placed on the shelves for sale and some rare titles are listed for sale on the internet through ABE books. The shop has one cash register and an EFTPOS facility that volunteers are trained to operate. The Manager and the elected Treasurer take responsibility for day-to-day financial operations associated with operating a small business.


We maintain contact with our volunteers and supporters through our newsletter The Mighty Pen which is produced by the wonderful Eileen.

You can download our latest newsletter by clicking on the link below.
Volunteer Get-togethers

As the Bookshop is staffed primarily by volunteers all of whom work on different days and different shifts it can be the case that many of the volunteers only get to meet one another at our AGM. In order to bring us together more frequently we have had a number of volunteer social events.
The first was a picnic, which was very damp and only a few hardy souls turned up (photo of those hardy souls above). Our Barefoot Bowls Sunday at Moorooka Bowls Club was great fun- and the weather was perfect this time.
We then had a night of madness, mayhem, wonderful food and quirky Balderdash questions at our Games Night on May 17th.

Thank you to the bookshop volunteers who joined us

for the games night, if you were unable to come, keep your eyes out for a date claimer for the next event!


Thank you to the bookshop volunteers who joined us for the games night, if you were unable to come, keep your eyes out for a date claimer for the next event!