One of the main purposes of ANZAAB is to hold Rare Book Fairs open to the public.
The inaugural Australian Antiquarian Booksellers' Fair was held
at Monash University in August 1972. Nine local booksellers, and one
London bookseller, Bernard Quaritch, exhibited.
Fifty-two years, and some 51 fairs later, despite a global pandemic
and several world crises, ANZAAB continues to hold Annual book fairs.
In past years, the Fair has regularly alternated between Sydney and
Melbourne venues. In 1979 and 1992 the Fair was held in Perth and in
2004, the 20th Australian Antiquarian Fair coincided with the 37th ILAB
Congress in Melbourne and was held at the historic Royal Exhibition
Building in the Carlton Gardens.
For the past few years, there have been two Australian Antiquarian Book Fairs each year - Melbourne in July coinciding with Melbourne Rare Book Week and Sydney in late October/early November.