We are taking drop off donations again! 

Please make sure your books fit our guidelines below and visit us during volunteer hours. Books can be donated during any session listed on our volunteer session schedule

Sometimes we don’t have the right books to meet a request. Check our wish list to purchase a book requested by a person in prison and it will ship to us!

We update the wishlist regularly. If a book has been on the list for a long time, we still need it!


Support local businesses through our online wishlists at four local bookstores. Our wishlists have frequently requested, seldom donated genres.

If you live outside of the Boston area, you can mail your books to us via media mail at 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169.

You can also donate books to another “books to prisoners” group near you.

Frequently Asked Questions: Donate Books

Yes! Please read this page carefully for complete information on books we can and cannot use. We have limited storage space and strongly encourage donors to donate books that are not a good fit to other groups such as your local public library’s Friends group, your local thrift store (Goodwill, etc.), or More Than Words.

No. Most prisons require the incarcerated person to be the named subscriber on the magazine, and others will only accept the current edition of a magazine.

Storage space and level of popularity among our readers dictate what we keep and what we pass on to other organizations.

Books we cannot use are passed onto other used book dealers, thrift stores, or charities, where can often be traded for books we can use. 

No. We do not supply prison libraries, only individual readers. We do, however, welcome donations from authors if your book is in a frequently requested category (see Top Requests above)

Yes! Because many prisons require new books and because most donated books tend to be at least a few years old, non-fiction review copies and ARC’s are very useful to us.

No. We have a very small staff and currently do not have the capacity to pick up donations. You can send books through the mail, but we strongly encourage you to review the donation guidelines above before doing so.

Yes, you are welcome to ship books to us at your expense. Use Media Mail to save money, and please do not send a shipment that requires a signature. 

Prison Book Program
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

Please also browse our list of other books to prisons programs nationwide. There may be another group close to you!