What Is The Book Fair?

“One of the most enjoyable book fairs I have visited for a long time. The figures speak for themselves.” [Rare Book Review]. Just under £1 million pounds of books were sold at the Fair this year.

See some of the highlights from the last Fair

Bookbinders, Restorers & Associate Trades

You will find a wide range of ancillary trade stands on the 1st floor.

Book Fair Catalogue

View the web version of the last York Book Fair 2019 Catalogue

York Antiquarian Book Seminar

York Antiquarian Book Seminar offers an opportunity for leading booksellers and librarians to share their expertise and experience with would-be and fledgling booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the second-hand, antiquarian and rare book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing and bookselling in the wake of the pandemic. The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.

Supporters of the Fair

Please contact us for advertising opportunities on the website and in the printed Book Fair Catalogue for 2021 Adverts that appear in the Catalogue will be published on this page as well.  We welcome enquiries from book related trade stands (bookbinders and other crafts, software, &c) to exhibit in the trade area of the Fair.

Bags & Security

Please note additional Covid restrictions will be in place, and full details will be given here nearer the time. In the interests of security we regret that no bags (apart from small handbags), or overcoats are allowed into the Book Fair. These can be checked (free of charge) into the cloakroom. All books purchased at the Fair are sealed in bags with security stickers and will be checked by the security staff on leaving the Book Fair. Any small bags taken into the Fair may be searched upon entry and exit. Your co-operation is much appreciated. No books are allowed to be brought by visitors into the Fair. We regret that no dogs are allowed into the venue apart from guide dogs.

Shuttle Bus

For 2021 the free buses will depart from the coach stand close to the Station, every 30 minutes, starting from 10.30am on the Friday morning, and 9.30am on Saturday.  All timings depend on the traffic congestion at the time.  This may be revised due to Covid restrictions.

There will be meet and greet outside the Station, and a sign indicating where the pick-up point is, and the buses are run by York Pullman Bus Company.

Last Buses from the Fair to the Station:

  • 7.15pm on Friday
  • 5.15pm Saturday