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Together, We Can Help Inmates Nationwide

Our Donors Make A Difference

Our volunteers rely on your donations and support to ensure that the Prison Library Project can meet our monthly postage goals. We need in excess of $600 a week to fulfill inmate requests.

Additional funds are used to purchase study aids, such as dictionaries and GED study guides. These resources make a difference for those inmates completing educational programs.


Volunteer with the Prison Library Project

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) with only one part-time paid staff member, the majority of our work is done by volunteers. Volunteers read inmate letters, make book selections, prepare books for mailing and more. Several of our volunteers help customers in our bookstore, work the cash register, etc. We also need volunteers to sell books at the weekly Claremont Farmers Market on Sunday morning.

We welcome individuals, students, former inmates, and small groups. Volunteers with previous experience in a library setting or who are avid readers are best prepared to help choose books for inmates, but we welcome all who love to learn and are passionate about education and community service.

Prison Library Project Volunteer

Donate Books

Donate Books to the Prison Library Project

We always welcome book donations and can accept books any time during regular business hours. Newer books in good condition are always appreciated. Read below to learn more about what books are most helpful to the project.

Donated books can be sold to raise funds for the PLP or mailed to inmates. Want to really help? Consider donating $20 with your book donation. Those funds can be put toward much needed postage expenses.


Books should be paperbacks in good condition, free of writing or highlighting. CDs, spiral bound books or books with other inserts cannot be sent to prisons. Recent titles are always appreciated. Books that include pictures of graphic violence, nudity or drug use will not be sent.

Books We Need

Ship directly to us or drop items off during regular business hours. These items ALWAYS make a difference.

Use Amazon Smile when you shop on Amazon and select the Claremont Forum. A percentage of each purchase supports the Prison Library Project. Our proceeds are used for postage and the purchase of dictionaries and study aids.

Your support makes a huge difference! Thank you!

Donate Funds & Support the PLP

Over 300 letters a week arrive requesting reading materials. We neecd about $2,400 a month to get quality reading materials and educational resources to a community with little or no access to books without our help.