The Prison Library Project is not affiliated with these book programs. Hopefully, this list will help you find a resource in your state that can help you.  Whenever writing to a book program, be sure to print your name and prisoner ID# clearly. It is usually a good idea to give subject matter preferences, as specific titles are not always available.


Athens Books To Prisoners

P.O. Box 45, Rutland, Oh. 45775
Books for Ohio inmates.

Bellingham Books To Prisoners (Affiliate Of BTP Seattle)

Books To Prisoners C/O Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A, Seattle, WA 98101
Serves inmates in all states except CA and MA

Book ‘Em 

5125 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Free books to prisoners. Request by subject. Only serving prisoners from PA. Will serve large-print readers and Native American prisoners from elsewhere as well.

Books Thru Bars

4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
We provide small packages of books to individual prisoners in the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, DE, NY, MD, VA, WV), many of them housed in long-term segregation units.

Books To Prisoners C/O Left Bank Books 

92 Pike St., Box A Seattle, WA 98101
Free books to prisoners nationwide except CA and MA.  Request by subject, no religious materials or legal materials. Donations appreciated. Does NOT ship to prisons that require all books sent to be new.

California Coalition For Women Prisoners

1540 Market St., Suite 490, San Francisco, CA 94102
Publishes the The Fire Inside newsletter: that is dedicated to providing a space for women, transgender & gender non-conforming prisoners and their supporters to communicate with each other and the public about the issues and experiences they face through articles, art and poetry.

Chicago Books To Women In Prison

P O Box 14778, Chicago, IL 60614
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison in  AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, MO, and OH. We are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.

DC Books to Prisons Project

PO Box 34190, Washington, DC 20043-4190
DC Books to Prisons Project has provided free books to prisoners around the country. We also develop and support local prison libraries. Our work is done solely by concerned volunteers on donated time and resources. Unlike some programs, we do not limit requests for books to a particular geographic area or demographic group; therefore, we receive a tremendous number of requests. Yearly, we send out close to 4,000 packages containing over 10,000 books. These packages go to prisoners in 150 different prisons in all 50 states except New England, IL, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, WA, WI.

Human Kindness Foundation

P.O. Box 61619 Durham, NC 27715
Sends spiritual books (softcover) free to prisoners, prison workers, and those who cannot afford them.

Inside Books Project

C/O 12th St. Books 827 W. 12th St. Austin, TX 78701
Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Does not accept requests for hardcover, Bibles, pulp fiction, or pornography. Send 1 stamp for resource list and newsletter. Accepts artwork donations for their yearly prisoner art show.

Internationalist Prison Book Collective

P.O. Box 625, Carrboro, NC 27510
Serves: AL, and some prisons in NC

Ithaca College Books Thru Bars

PO Box 113,  Brooktondale, New York 14817
Books-to-prisoners program dedicated to providing free books to those who are incarcerated in NYS.

LGBT Books to Prisoners

426 W. Gilman St. ,Madison, WI 53703
Serves LGBTQ prisoners in all states except TX

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

1631 Elysian Fields #117, New Orleans, LA 70117
We currently prioritize requests from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Letters from Louisiana and female inmates are given priority, with all other letters answered in the order in which we receive them.

Maoist Internationalist Movement’s Free Political Books to Prisoners

Serves inmates in all US States except MA

Midwest Pages To Prisoners Project

C/O Boxcar Books & Community Center, Inc.
118 S. Rogers, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States. By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to promote rehabilitation and reintegration rather than punishment, and to stimulate critical thinking behind bars. Serves inmates in AR, IN, IA, KS, KY, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, and WI

NYC Books Through Bars

C/O Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Free, nationwide, except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, OH, and PA with a priority on NY. Specializes in political and history. Also literary fiction and other educational books. No religion books.

Open Books Prison Book Project

Serves: FL only

Prison Book Collective

405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Sends books to AL, MS, and some prisons in NC

Prison Book Program

C/O Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock St., Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169
Does not send books to CA, MA, MD, MI, PA, KY, LA, NV or TX. No computer books, horror, romance, textbooks, true crime, or white supremacist materials. Publishes the National Prisoner Resource List (free to prisoners nationwide) and resource list for LGBTQ prisoners. Can be delayed up to 5-7 months.

Prisoners Literature Project

PLP c/o Bound Together Books 1369 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117
Serves: All US states except OR and MA

Providence Books Through Bars

c/o Paper Nautilus Books
5 Angell Street, Providence, RI  02906
Serves: All US states

Read Between The Bars

c/o Daily Planet Publishing
P.O. Box 1589 , Tucson, AZ, 85702-1589
Serves inmates in AZ only

Urbana-Champaign Books To Prisoners Project

Box 515, Urbana, Il 61803
UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana Illinois based project-providing books to Illinois inmates at no cost by mail as well as through two county jail libraries which we operate.

Women’s Prison Book Project

 C/O Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Provides women and transgender-identified persons in prison with free reading materials.
Serves: All US states except CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MI, MS, OH, OR, and PA

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