Supporting our Community
University Book shop advocates for literary pursuits and arts in the city, supporting book awards and festivals, book launches and more.
As a proudly independent and locally owned bookshop, giving back to our community is a critical part of what we do.
We support reading and literacy in the wider Otago region:
- We gift a book to every Otago newborn through the Books for Babies programme with Dunedin Public Libraries and supported by Friends of the Library
- We also support the popular Summer Reading Programme for children through Dunedin Public Libraries
- We donate books and vouchers to many Otago kindergarten and pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, student clubs and community organisations
- We are founding sponsor of the bi-annual Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival helping bring a range of authors and book-related events to Dunedin
- We provide many University of Otago Class Prizes, for first-in-class
- We donate several thousand dollars in book vouchers annually to schools for quiz night and school fair fundraisers