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Free Books Programs


This list was compiled below at the request of our newsletter readers.  Since the website is now available broadly inside institutions in our software application format, I have included the books programs list here. 

Readers have told me that they’ve had great experiences with these organizations!  I hope you would also keep me informed if any of the organizations listed below are not who they say they are or if they no longer exist.

I hope you find some terrific books!

Inside Books Project c/o 12th Street Books
827 West 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Inside Books Project is an Austin-¬based community service volunteer organization. Their Resource Guide is sent nationwide, and book packages are sent to state and federal prisoners in Texas.

Books to Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A
Seattle, WA 98101

Wisconsin Books To Prisoners
c/o Madison Community Co-op
1202 Williamson St. #106
Madison, WI 53703

Appalachian Prison Book Project
PO Box 601
Morgantown, WV 26507

UC Books to Prisoners
Box 515
Urbana IL 61803

Books Behind Bars
220 M. White Smith Hall,
Auburn University, Alabama 36849.

Book Em
The Big Idea Bookstore
Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Read Between the Bars
c/o Daily Planet Publishing
P.O. Box 1589
Tucson, AZ 85702-1589

Prisoners Literature Project
c/o Bound Together Books
1369 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

PO Box 70447
Oakland CA 94612
PARC is a prison abolitionist group based on Oakland, California committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and classism of the Prison Industrial Complex. Offers a 24 page, updated National and State Prison Resource List.

Prison Library Project
c/o The Claremont Forum
915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
Claremont, CA 91711

Providence Books Through Bars
42 Lenox Ave
Providence, RI 02907

Prison Books Collective
Publishing & Distribution
PO Box 625
Carrboro, NC 27510

P.O. Box 34190
Washington, DC 20043
All states except New England, IL NJ, NY, OH,
OR, PA, WA and WI.
Books are Free And can get them every (5) Months

Open Books
1040 N. Guillemard St.
Pensacola, FL 32501

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners
1631 Elysian Fields #117
New Orleans, LA 70117

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project
c/o Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc.
408 E. 6th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Books Through Bars
4722 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143