Second Hand Books - Suspended

UPDATE FOR 2020 - 2021 

Due to the ongoing health concerns of COVID-19, our Second Hand Book Service will not be running during the 2020/2021 booklisting season.

As health concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop, it is not feasible for us to conduct a service that encourages a high volume of customers in our storefront. Caring for the health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority.

In most cases during Summer the primary reasons customers come to the store is to:

• Buy second hand books for their booklist; and
• Place their used textbooks on consignment.

Lilydale Books has been following the Government’s advice with store closures, adhering to social distancing practices and other guidelines, such as reduced store capacity. Our customers travel from around Victoria to take advantage of this service and it is not in the community’s best interest to encourage further movement or crowding in store.

We know during these times families need help more than ever. Therefore, we are extending our free shipping offer on orders over $200 until December 11th for all orders. We will also provide additional store vouchers to schools for distribution to those who need them.

If you have a second hand consignment from 2019/2020, it will be extended for an additional 12 months. Consignments are always checked in store not over the phone. We do not check consignments during the back to school season (December to mid-February).

Please check our website for regular updates or if you would like to be notified when the service resumes, email us with your contact details (consignment and mobile number) at

This decision was not made lightly. We anticipate the service will resume in the future.

Thank you for your understanding.


Buying Second Hand Books

*Please see updated second hand policy above.*

At Lilydale Books we encourage parents and students to purchase second hand school books. Lilydale Books has offered this service since the business was first established in 1986. Over the summer period we accept approximately 20,000 second hand text books and novels, therefore the selection is wide ranging.

Second hand books are 33% cheaper than the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Below outlines the different opportunities to buy or sell second hand books.

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Shop In Store Options

*Please see updated second hand policy above.*

There are a couple of ways you can shop for second hand books. These options are available to customers who have a Lilydale Books’ booklist and to customers who have an alternate supplier (such as Campion Education).

1. Back to School Booklist

On the front of your booklist, you have the option to tick the box to request second hand books. We will attempt to fill your booklist with as many second hand books as possible. Where second hand books are not available, new books will be provided.

*NB: This option is only available with Store Collection orders only.

2. Visit Our Store

You can visit our store to purchase second hand books. Due to the demand for second hand books, availability will vary and is not guaranteed.

3. Call for Availability

We recommend calling us in advance to see if a book is in stock. We can reserve items for 5 business days without prepayment. We do not post second hand books to customer unless purchased through our online store (more details below).

Selling Second Hand Books

*Please see updated second hand policy above.*

Please note that all consignments from 2019 to 2020 can be checked in store until the end of November 2020. (Consignments will not be checked during the back to school season (December to Mid-Feb) All current consignments will be extended for an additional 12 months. 

If you would like to be notified when the service resumes and please email your details us at Inlcude your consignment number, name and mobile number. Thank you for your understanding. 


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A website dedicated to a selection of our second hand books will be coming soon!