Get Involved

There are a lot of ways to help the Prison Books Collective put free literature and educational materials into the hands of prisoners. We are always in need of your support. Every bit of help counts, whether it be volunteering your time, your experience, or making a donation to the project. Feel free to contact us at for more information.


Check out our volunteer page for the latest on our volunteer needs.

Service Learning

Does your school, college or university have a service learning requirement? We welcome high school and college students to complete their requirements with us. We can fill out whatever paperwork is necessary. If you are interested, please talk to a member of the core group at one of our packing sessions or email

Donate Other Materials

We are also in constant need of photocopying services to copy our letterhead, and many zines. We could also use more large clasp envelopes. For more info on our needs.

Collective Meetings

Join us!

Other Ideas

Have an idea for something you don’t see listed here? Let us know ( You can also check out Our Projects for what else we’re currently doing, or wish we could be doing (if we just had more volunteers or hours in the day).


  1. Jonathan

    Do you have a need for fiction? (unused)

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Yes, always. You can drop them off at Internationalist Books, which is located at 405 W Franklin St.Thanks so much.

  2. Nichelle Turentine

    I have a loved one on the SHU at Wabash in Indiana and he is experiencing similar acts. There is supposed to be a demonstration at the State one day this week do you know anything about that? I will help in any way possible.

    1. prisonbookscollective

      We haven’t heard anything, but if we do we will definitely post it on our blog. I’m sorry to hear that your loved one is on the SHU.

  3. yvette lopez

    i would like to get involved on shipping books and writing back to prisoners. And i was wondering if I would be able to get the monthly political prisoner bday reminder fliers??? my address is 1720 maple ave, bakersfield ca 93304 my name is eevee

  4. Holly

    Hi. I work at The Sun magazine and we would love to donate 1,000 copies of our book Sunbeams. Is that something I can arrange with you?
    My name is Holly and you can reach me at

  5. Kirstee

    I’m a big fan of what you guys do. I am a penfriend to two inmates so am behind any action to improve their situations.
    One point – in your list of subject matters, ‘Queer studies’ seems a rather inappropriate term.
    Keep up the good work!

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Kirstee – Thanks for you support!

      “Queer” is actually a very typical, contemporary word that a lot of GLBT folks use and self-identify with, as well as a word that is used to refer to writing and research which delves into gender, feminism, and sexuality in a subversive or radical way. We’re using it in this sense, certainly not in the old fashioned, homophobic fashion.

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  7. houstonabc

    I am not sure where to post this, but just wanted to let you know that Phil Africa’s birthday is May 11, not in January. He wrote us to let us know he always receives lots of cards in Januray/February, and it is lovely, but his birthday is actually May 11.
    Houston ABC

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Wow – thanks – we ll fix it in our databse!


  8. Scarlett Jensen

    I am Scarlett Jensen, author of the book The Angel with Burnt Wings. It is a prison book based on real life experiences of Alice who spend many years in a South African prison. The book is an aid to rehabilitation. I offer free ebooks to you may you be interested. My email is

    Thank you

    1. Melissa

      Hello Ms. Jensen. I am looking for different types of books for my fiancée that is incarcerated. If you would be willing to send some please contact me. I appreciate it very much!

      1. scarlettjensenauthor

        Dear Melissa, here is your free ebook coupon:

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        Enter code: 10800000045493
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        Select your desired E-book type
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        This book will also have value for you.

        Scarlett Jensen: author of “The Angel with Burnt Wings”

      2. prisonbookscollective

        Hello Melissa – where is your fiancee incarcerated? What is his address and what kind of books would he like? You can also email us at prisonbooks@gmail.ocom

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  12. Hannah

    Is there a need for any medical books? I see you are interested in health books – I may have access to paperback texts about tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

    1. Prison Books Collective (Post author)


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