Contact the Prison Library Project

Prison Library Project

915-C W. Foothill Blvd. PMB 128, Claremont, CA 91711


  1. Print your FULL NAME, ID NUMBER, ADDRESS, and DATE YOUR LETTER. Include this on the envelope and in the letter with your request. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.
  2. Let us know if your facility has specific restrictions or requirements for receiving books (examples: paperback books only, maximum number allowed, used books, etc.)
  3. You may only make two requests for books per year. When requesting, please tell us when you last received books from us.
  4. Our books are sent via the U.S. Postal Service using the media mail rate.
  5. We do not provide legal resources. We cannot fill requests for true crime or books containing graphic sex or violence.
  6. It may take 3–4 months or longer for us to fill a request. We appreciate your patience. If you have not received a book after 6 months, please write us again.
  7. Please share your experiences and insights about the books you receive.  We’d love to hear about how reading and education impact your life while you are incarcerated. These insights and encouragements really help motivate our volunteers and help us share our mission with potential donors.
  8. Please share our program with friends and family and encourage them to support the Prison Library Project.
  9. Please note that books on business, computers, westerns, large print books, trade skills, dictionaries and Spanish language books are not donated as frequently. It is good to send us alternative topics. We try to make the best match possible with limited selection.

NOTE: If you are soon to be moved to another facility, wait until the move is completed to request books. We have to pay return postage if your package is sent back, since the prison will not forward the package to you.


  • We do not send books to county jails.
  • We are not able to provide invoices with our packages
  • We do not send books to Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.
  • We are unable to serve the following prisons:
In California: Adelanto, Avenal, Blythe, Chuckawalla, Delano, Ione, Jamestown, Lancaster, San Luis Obispo, Tehachapi.
Other areas:  We are unable to send to Angie, LA; Nashville, NC; Parchman, MS; Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; Shirley, MA; Taylorsville, NC; Walla Walla, WA; West Liberty, KY.
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  • M Oliver

    1. Would like to thank someone for the dictionary I got from you seven years ago. I used it extensively in my landscape and business classes I taught in prison. I tried to call but it required a passcode.
    2. I’v been released for over four years now but still use the dictionary you sent. Im retired but now volunteer for the” Open Books Prison Book Program” in Pensacola, Florida for the last 2 years.
    3. We recently had 24 requests from one facility for dictionarys and I instantly thought of your group. Do you have any contacts for dictionarys? Do you have enough to supply for this facility?

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment! We are so happy that we were able to help. We fund raise extensively for our dictionaries and always have a waiting list. We don’t have a supply to spare, your local bookstore may be able to help you order books at a wholesale price. We found various online deals, but they tend to change over time. Our largest fundraiser is a book sale in our community that earns money for dictionaries and postage. I’ll forward this to our PLP director to see if he has any further ideas. Again, thank you and thank you for volunteering to help others.

  • ashley escobedo

    i told my husband about this Project and i was wondering do i have to print a request form for him and send it to him to send to you guys or he just writes a letter to you guys with his information to recieve free books?

    • admin

      Just write us at:
      Prison Library Project​ c/o The Claremont Forum
      915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
      Claremont, CA 91711

      We do our best to answer all requests! 🙂

  • Sarah Ponce

    My fianceè is incarcerated and asked me to look up this program for him so I did but I Don’t know whether or not to put his information or mine??

    • admin

      Please use your fiancee’s information: 915-C W. Foothill Blvd. PMB 128, Claremont, CA 91711. You will need to include all identifying information so the request can be processed (inmate name, ID number).

  • alan doctor

    how can I donate books to the program?

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