THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT
Prison Library Project c/o The Claremont Forum
915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
Claremont, CA 91711
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.
WHAT WE DO
The PLP receives more than 300 letters a week from inmates in 600 state and federal prisons and detention centers throughout the United States.
We mail over 15,000 packages of books each year to individual inmates. We also send boxes of books to prison librarians, educators, and chaplains. Our weekly postage bill is about $600.
We also have an online blog directory of national resources for prisoners called The Ways & Means Resource List. Over 700 inmates, and their friends and family, visit our blog each month for resource links and addresses.
I'm finally learning how to read and spell!Chino, CA
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.Menard, IL
Mistakes and poor choices got me in here. I know I am a different man now. You folks reach out to people at their lowest point and help bring them up. Thank you for being so kind. I will pay it forward when I get out of here.Chino, CA
The dictionary helps me study! I am getting my high school diploma in here soon. Thank you!"Texas
It is hard to not go crazy in here. These books are my lifeline. I don't get much mail anymore. Your group feels like the only people in the world who know I'm alive.Georgia
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.
Dictionaries are the most frequently requested book at the PLP
Located in the Claremont Forum’s Bookshop & Gallery in Claremont’s historic Citrus Packing House, The Prison Library Project was been a Claremont institution since 1986 and is now a major service project of the Claremont Forum.
The Prison Library Project has grown into a sizable volunteer organization with a distinct vision and identity. The purpose of the Project is to supply books, free of charge, to any inmate who requests them. We try to provide an ongoing invitation to prisoners to embrace responsibility, growth, and a deeper appreciation for the world of books, ideas, and education.
DICTIONARIES URGENTLY NEEDED
The PLP receives many requests for dictionaries each week. It is our most requested book! This resource helps so many as they make their way through educational programs. This simple tool can be a powerful aid in developing literacy and confidence for struggling readers.
Unfortunately, our supply is always short of demand. A purchase of a new paperback dictionary is a great way to help our project.
Follow the link below or purchase any new or used paperback dictionary today! Please drop it by or ship it to
The Prison Library Project c/o The Claremont Forum
586 W. 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711