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

Arizona

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

California

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

Colorado

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

Connecticut

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.

Florida

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

Illinois

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.

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

Indiana

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

Kentucky

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

Louisiana

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

Massachusetts

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

Michigan

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

Minnesota

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

Mississippi

Big House Books, Jackson, MS
Serves: Mississippi only

New Jersey

Books Behind Bars, Wildwood, NJ
Serves: NJ only

New York

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

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

Ohio

Athens Books to Prisoners, Athens, OH
Serves OH.

Redbird Books to Prisoners, Columbus, OH
Service area unknown

Oregon

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

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

Pennsylvania

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

Texas

Inside Books, Austin, TX
Serves: TX only

Vermont

Vermont Books to Prisoners 
Serves: New England states

Virginia

Books Behind Bars, Charlottesville, VA
Serves: VA only

Washington

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

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

West Virginia

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

Wisconsin

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

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

 

CANADA

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

Ontario

Books to Prisoners, Ottawa, ON

Quebec

Open Door Books, Montreal, PQ

GREAT BRITAIN