Help us fill book and zine requests from people in prison! Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who have worked hard to get us caught up on filling requests. To stay caught up, we need YOUR help!

The work is very fulfilling: you’ll read a letter from a person in prison, find some books in our collection, write a brief note back, and package them for mailing. We get book requests from NC and AL, and zine requests from all over the country. If you’d like to help, come by our workspace and we’ll get you started. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time and you can stay for all or part of the time.

Workdays are on Sundays 1-4 pm, and our space is located at 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, NC 27705, since June 2017 (Note: no mail at this address, all mail must go to our PO Box).

Download a map with directions, and check out this post for detailed photos! GPS will get you to Etta Road (speed limit 10 MPH). Then go 1,000 feet and turn right, then continue straight through the trees, and then straight through the field to the small brown, wooden, 2-story house at the back of the property. Be sure to park to the right of the building!

If you’re interested in helping out, but can’t make a workday, or if you have questions, drop us an email at prisonbooks@gmail.com and we’ll try to find a way for you to plug in. We always need help organizing fundraisers and buying in-demand books.

If you’re part of a group that would like to volunteer together, email us to schedule a day: prisonbooks@gmail.com. We have very limited slots available for groups, and due to the size of our space, can only fit groups of 5 people or less.

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 are a 501(c)(3) non-profit). 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 prisonbooks@gmail.com.