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, Birmingham, AL
Serves: TX and AL


Read Between The Bars, Tucson, AZ
Serves incarcerated people 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

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, AL, AR, CA, CT, FL, HI, IL, IN, KY, MN, MS, TX, WV, WA, and trans women being housed in men’s prisons everywhere

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

Midwest Books to Prisoners, Chicago, IL
Serves: Focus on midwest states, but answer all requests

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

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners Project, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Serves: Illinois only


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 FEDERAL ONLY FOR CA, MI, 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 IL, IN, MI, KY, CA, FL, AZ, MS, OH


Big House Books, Jackson, MS
Serves: Mississippi only


Liberation Lit, Kansas City, MO
Serves:  Unknown

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


Service area: Unknown

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 Publishing and Distribution, Durham, NC
Serves: Books to NC and AL, zines to all states

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


Serves: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana

Athens Books to Prisoners, Athens, OH
Serves OH

Redbird Books to Prisoners, Columbus, OH
Service area unknown


OK Prison Books Collective, Tulsa, OK


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

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


Pittsburgh Prison Book Project (formerly Book ‘Em), Pittsburgh, PA
Serves: PA only

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

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

South Carolina

Saxapahaw Prison Books, Orangeburg, SC
Serves: GA, SC


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


Inside Books, Austin, TX
Serves: TX only


Books Behind Bars, Charlottesville, VA
Serves: VA only


Books to Prisoners, Seattle, WA
Serves: All US states

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

Lopez Books, Lopez Island, WA
Serves: WA and AK

Olympia Books to Prisoners, Olympia, 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

US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Is /St Croix Prison Library Project, Christiansted, VI
Serves: St Croix 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 2 Prisoners Ottawa, Ottawa, ON


Open Door Books, Montreal, PQ