The Prison Library Project’s mission is to provide free reading materials to inmates nationwide. We prioritize educational and self-help literature as well as recognize the value of literacy development through active engagement with books in general. The PLP offers services to a wide range of communities within the prison system: librarians, chaplains, drug/alcohol recovery groups, domestic abuse and HIV/AIDS support groups and others. Our goal is to promote literacy, personal responsibility, reflection, and growth.
We openly invite inmates to embrace the PLP’s mission and foster a deep appreciation for the world of books, ideas, and education. We hope to help those who receive our materials to learn to take charge of their lives in positive ways and to return to society with new abilities, awareness, and the confidence to contribute to their families and communities in meaningful ways.
The PLP receives nearly 300 letters a week from inmates. We mail over 12,500 packages of books, audio books, and magazines each year to individuals and libraries in 600 state and federal prisons and detention centers throughout the United States.
Our weekly postage bill is around $500. Boxes of books are made available to individuals with access to prison libraries or book collections, such as guards, educators and human and health services. We also provide inmates and others with our online Ways and Means Resource List – a compilation of over 200 different service and legal organizations that assist prisoners and those returning to society following incarceration.
915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
Claremont, CA 91711
The Volunteers at the PLP keep an online directory of resources for inmates.
Family and friends of incarcerated individuals, inmates with web access and those working with inmates are invited to use, share and grow this directory.
"Thank you in advance for the books you send to me. These books mean a lot to people in my situation. I'd be lost without your services." Inmate, Menard, IL
"The dictionary helps me study! I am getting my high school diploma in here soon. Thank you!" Inmate, CA
"I'm finally learning how to read and spell!" Inmate, Chino, CA
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