Books to Prisoners Programs

PBP is one of many “Books to Prisoners” groups in the US, Canada and England. If you live near one of these, they would appreciate your books and your support!  

Some may be able to serve prisoners in states we do not serve.  The info on states served can change frequently. Please verify their service area before requesting books. 

United States


Books to Prisons Alabama, Tuscaloosa  AL
Serves: TX and AL via DC Books to Prisoners


Read Between The Bars, Tucson, AZ
Serves: Federal facilities in AZ only


Books for Prisoners at UCSD, San Diego, CA
Serves: All US states EXCEPT MA

Pages and Time, Los Angeles, CA
Serves: Libraries at Wasco/Delano State Prisons and Chino Women’s Prison

Prison Library Project, Claremont, CA
Serves: All US states EXCEPT MA

Prisoners Literature Project, San Francisco, CA
Serves: All US states EXCEPT TX

UC Davis Books to Prisoners, Sacramento, CA
Serves: contact organization


Pages for Prisons, Boulder, CO
Serves: Colorado prison libraries only


Connecticut Prison Book Connection, Rocky Hill, CT
Serves all states

District of Columbia

DC Books to Prisons Project, Washington, DC
Serves: federal prisoners in Arizona. DC residents in federal prisons. All other states EXCEPT CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, or WI.


Open Books Prison Book Project, Pensacola, FL
Serves: FL only


X Books, Atlanta, GA
Serves: GA only


Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Chicago, IL
Serves: AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, MO, and OH

Liberation Library  HQ in Chicago. Serves youth in all Illinois youth prisons and select Illinois youth jails.

Midwest Books to Prisoners  Chicago. Serves: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI(Libraries only), MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

Reading Reduces Recidivism:  Carbondale, Champaign-Urbana, Macomb, Savanna
Supplies books directly to prison librarians in Illinois


Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project: Bloomington, IN
Serves: AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, and SD


Louisville Books to Prisoners, Louisville, KY
Serves: KY and VA


Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners, New Orleans, LA
Serves: AL, AR, LA. Women and LA prisoners are prioritized.


Great Falls Books Through Bars, Greenfield, MA
Service area unknown

Prison Book Program, Quincy, MA
Serves: All US states EXCEPT CA, IL, MI, MD, NV, and TX


Unitarian Universalist Ann Arbor Prison Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Serves: Select MI institutions only


Women’s Prison Book Project, Minneapolis, MN
Serves: All US states EXCEPT CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MI, MS, OH, OR, and PA


Big House Books, Jackson, MS
Serves: Mississippi only


Missouri Prison Books Program, St. Louis, MO
Serves: MO

New Jersey

Books Behind Bars, Wildwood, NJ
Serves: NJ only

New York

Buffalo Books Though Bars, Buffalo, NY
Serves:  NY and TX 

Books Beyond Bars, New York, NY
Serves: NY only

Ithaca College Books Thru Bars, Ithaca, NY
Serves: NY

NYC Books Through Bars, New York, NY
Serves: All US states EXCEPT AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, OH, and PA with a priority on NY.

North Carolina

Asheville Prison Books Program, Asheville, NC
Serves: NC, SC

NC Women’s Prison Book Project, Durham, NC
Serves: women in NC

Prison Books Collective, Durham, NC
Serves: men in  NC

Saxapahaw Prison Books, Saxapahaw, NC
Serves: prisoners in GA and NC

Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville, NC
Serves: LGBTQ prisoners nationwide


Athens Books to Prisoners, Athens, OH
Serves OH.

Redbird Books to Prisoners, Columbus, OH
Service area unknown


Portland Books to Prisoners Portland, OR
Serves: All US states EXCEPT MA

Rogue Liberation Library, Ashland, OR
Serves: OR, CA, ID, NV, TX


Book ‘Em, Pittsburgh, PA
Serves: PA only

Books Through Bars, Philadelphia, PA
Serves: PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA, and WV

Rhode Island

Providence Books Through Bars, Providence, RI
Serves: All US states EXCEPT AL, AR, FL, IL, KY, LA, MA, ME, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, WA, WI


Tennessee Prison Books Project, Nashville, TN
Serves: TN only


Inside Books, Austin, TX
Serves: TX only


Vermont Books to Prisoners 
Serves: New England states


Books Behind Bars, Charlottesville, VA
Serves: VA only


Books to Prisoners, Seattle, WA
Serves: All US states EXCEPT CA and MA

Olympia Books to Prisoners, Olympia, WA
Serves:  Contact organization.

Books to Prisoners Spokane, Spokane, WA
Serves:  Contact organization.

West Virginia

Appalachian Prison Book Project, Morgantown, WV
Serves: KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, WV


LGBT Books to PrisonersMadison, WI
Serves: LGBTQ prisoners in all states EXCEPT TX

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners, Madison, WI
Serves: WI only



British Columbia 

Books 2 Prisoners, Vancouver, BC

Nova Scotia 

Books Beyond Bars, Halifax, NS
Serves: Women’s section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside


Books to Prisoners, Ottawa, ON


Open Door Books, Montreal, PQ