Other Groups

 Anti-Prison and Prisoner Support Groups to Check Out:

Other Prison Books Groups

Groups that cover prisons Nationwide:
The following groups send books to prisoners nationwide.

  • BOOKS TO PRISONERS
    c/o Left Bank Books
    92 Pike St., Box A
    Seattle, WA 98101
    www.bookstoprisoners.net
    The longest running project of its kind. Free books to prisoners Nationwide. Request by subject, no religious materials or legal materials. donations appreciated. Special Note – Does not ship to prisons who require all books sent to be new.
  • PROVIDENCE BOOKS THROUGH BARS
    c/o Atlas Bower Books
    245 Meeting Street
    Providence, RI 02906
    prov_booksthroughbars@yahoo.org
    Free books to prisoners nationwide.

Several states:
The following groups send books to more than one state, but not nationwide.

  • BOOKS 2 PRISONERS
    1631 Elysian Fields #117
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    books2prisoners@gmail.com
    Free books to prisoners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama.
  • BOOKS THROUGH BARS
    4722 Baltimore Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19143
    215-727-8170
    www.booksthroughbars.org
    Sends progressive political and educational materials at no charge to state and federal prisoners in mid-Atlantic states. Donates books directly to county jail libraries but does not accept individual requests from county jail prisoners. Request books by topic. No catalog. Donations including artwork and stamps greatly appreciated.
  • BOOKS THROUGH BARS – NYC
    c/o Bluestockings
    172 Allen St
    New York, NY 10002
    booksthroughbarsnyc.org
    Covers all states, EXCEPT: AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA, OH, and WI. Specializes in political and history books. Also sends literary fiction and other educational books. Does not send religious literature. Donations of stamps and cash are appreciated. If you send a money order, please make it out to the group’s fiscal sponsor, ABC No Rio.
  • CHICAGO BOOKS TO WOMEN IN PRISON
    c/o RFUMC
    4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60640
    www.chicagobwp.org
    free books to women prisoners in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Ohio.
  • DC BOOKS TO PRISONS PROJECT
    PO Box 34190
    Washington, DC 20043-4190
    http://dcbookstoprisoners.org
    Free books to prisoners in all the US EXCEPT: New England, IL, NJ, MI, NY, OH, OR, PA, WA, WI.
  • MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS PROJECT
    c/o Boxcar Books
    408 E. 6th St.
    Bloomington, IN 47408
    812-339-8710
    http://pagestoprisoners.org/
    Sends to prisoners in the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota,Tennessee, and Wisconsin
  • PORTLAND BOOKS TO PRISONERS
    P.O. Box 11222
    Portland, OR 97211
    portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/265772.shtml
    Sends books to state and federal prisoners in all states EXCEPT Oregon. Request by topic not author. No legal or religious requests.
  • PRISON BOOK PROGRAM
    1306 Hancock St. Suite 100
    Quincy, MA 02169
    617-423-3298 (NO collect calls)
    www.prisonbookprogram.org/
    Covers all states EXCEPT CA, MA, MD, MI, PA, or TX (except Gatesville and Huntsville). Does not offer computer books, horror, romance, textbooks, true crime, or white supremacist materials. Publishes the National Prisoner Resource List free to prisoners nationwide on request.
  • PRISON BOOK PROJECT (project may be closed, 2/8/16)
    c/o Food for Thought Books
    P.O. Box 396
    Amherst, MA 01004-0396
    (413) 584-8975 ext. 208
    www.prisonbooks.org
    Serves prisoners in New England states (Maine, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI) and Texas only. Request books by topics of interest, not title. No mailing list or catalogue. No hardback books.
  • PRISONERS LITERATURE PROJECT
    c/o Bound Together Bookstore
    1369 Haight St.
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    http://www.prisonlit.org/
    No Texas requests. Request types of books-not specific titles, Stamps or donations greatly appreciated.
  • THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT
    c/o The Claremont Forum
    915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
    Claremont, CA 91711
    http://www.prisonlibraryproject.org/
    Free books on self-help, personal and spiritual growth, wellness, and metaphysical books. No law books, technical, or GED. No catalogue. Free resource guide on request. Serves all prisons EXCEPT the following: County Jails or prisons in HW, ME, MI, NE, NV, VA or to the following prisons: Angie, LA; Nashville, NC; Parchman, MS; Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; Taylorsville, NC; Walla Walla, WA; West Liberty, KY,
  • WOMEN’S PRISON BOOK PROJECT
    c/o Boneshaker Books
    2002 23rd Ave S
    Minneapolis MN 55404
    www.wpbp.org
    womensprisonbookproject@gmail.com
    Ships to all states EXCEPT OR, MI, CO, and WV. Free books to women prisoners only. No county jail requests. Does not ship hardback books. Free resource guide for women and transgender prisoners. Encourages women and transgender prisoners to write articles for their newsletter. Write for more details.

Single states:
The following prison books projects only serve one state. They are organized alphabetically by state.

Florida

  • OPEN BOOKS BOOKSTORE +
    PRISON BOOK PROJECT
    1040 N. GUILLEMARD ST.
    PENSACOLA, FL 32501
    www.openbookspcola.org
    Florida only. No catalog. Will send National Prisoner Resource List.

Mississippi

  • BIG HOUSE BOOKS
    PO Box 55586
    Jackson, MS 39296

New York

  • ITHACA COLLEGE BOOKS THRU BARS
    c/o Ithaca College Library
    PO Box 113
    Ithaca NY 14817
    Free books to New York state prisoners.

Texas

  • INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT
    c/o 12th St. Books
    827 West 12th Street
    Austin, TX 78701
    www.insidebooksproject.com
    Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Free resource guide for Texas inmates; will send resource guide to out of state inmates if one stamp is included with request. Accepts artwork donations for their yearly prisoner art show.

 

15 Comments

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  2. Nicole Troxell

    Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners http://www.certaindays.org/

  3. Jimmy Harkin

    Are prisoners allowed political news papers to read?

    1. prisonbookscollective

      yes

    2. prisonbookscollective

      Sometimes, it depends on paper and what kind of day the censor is having. It also has to be an approved publisher/distributor.

  4. Miriam

    Chicago Books to Women In Prison has a new address :
    Chicago Books to Women in Prison
    c/o RFUMC
    4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60640

    our website is the same
    Thanks!

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Thanks for letting us know!

  5. ian

    Hi, Ian here, with ‘Books 4 Incarcerated Mississippians’ . We are currently in the process of starting a prison books chapter in the magnolia state and i wanted to ask a few questions. 1. Does anyone know of a pre-existing non-profit’s 501(c)3 (preferably in the south) that we could use as an umbrella for our own prison books chapter, rather than paying a $50 fee and possibly being denied by the IRS our own 501(c)3? 2. Could anyone provide us with any information or an avenue to obtain the information about specific guidelines and regulations for individual prisons in the state of Mississippi? i.e. rules of correspondence, prison libraries, requirements that must be met in order to start a book club on the inside, and any specifics about working with juvenile detention centers and their set of rules and regulations would be much appreciated.

    1. i rod

      yes. do you have a facebook page w contact info?

  6. Mercy

    Autistic prisoner locked up for life! He blogs at paulmodrowski.blogspot.com

  7. Kathy

    Hi. Why do so many of the organizations exclude Michigan? I’m from Michigan and would like to start an organization to send progressive political books to Michigan facilities.

    1. Prison Books Collective (Post author)

      Hi Kathy,

      I’m not sure why people aren’t covering Michigan.
      Email us a prisonbooks at gmail dot com and we’ll send you resources for starting a Prison Books chapter.

  8. D

    Hello,

    I would like to request that you change Books Thru Bars of Ithaca to IC Books Thru Bars. The original organization discontinued sending books to prisoners in December 2013, and I have helped a group of students acquire part of that group’s inventory and set up a new organization through Ithaca College. We’re a small group, but working hard at it and some letters are starting to come in. Here is our address:

    Ithaca College Books Thru Bars
    c/o Ithaca College Library
    PO Box 113
    Ithaca NY 14817

    Thanks very much, and thank you for maintaining this site!

    1. Prison Books Collective (Post author)

      Do y’all have a website or email contact?

  9. Wendy

    I wish there was an organization that had a wish list on Amazon. I would love to send books to prisoners through my Amazon account, but it seems impossible. I don’t see the point of having them shipped to me and then sending them myself via USPS. There must be a better way.

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