NEWCASTLE Basketball Stadium was alive with bookworms last weekend as Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter hosted its annual Bookfest fund-raiser.
During a huge two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, Lifeline raised $25,000.
All proceeds will be filtered back through Lifeline's vital suicide prevention services in the community, including its 24-hour crisis support line.
The event saw about 1700 people walk through the doors and grab a bargain.
More than 800 boxes containing 25,000 books were unpacked and on display at the stadium, and roughly half of these were sold.
Among the most popular categories were children's books and fiction, such as the Harry Potter series.
Lifeline's fund-raising assistant Mandy Mills said the turnout was constant.
She also said it was "awe-inspiring" to see 15 Lifeline volunteers and many community members donating their time to the cause.
Mayfield business Acrobat Removals supplied boxes, stored books and provided a truck and people to deliver and pick up the books to stadium as well as paying for the venue.
Leftover books will be redistributed among local Lifeline stores to be sold.