There are many unaffiliated chapters that send books to prisoners for free or low cost. Most places request that you let them know which category of books you are interested in, so if they don’t have a specific book you are asking for, they can send you something similar. Be aware that it may take several months to receive books, due to the volume of requests. Unless otherwise noted, the programs ship books to prisoners anywhere in the U.S. The addresses and information were current as of this printing.

Books Through Bars
4722 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19143
Will only send books to prisoners in: PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA, and WV.

Books Through Bars, c/o Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002

Providence Books Through Bars c/o Myopic Books
5 S. Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Chicago Books to Women in Prison c/o BeyondMedia
4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., #204C
Chicago, IL 60613
Ship books to women in prison only.

Midwest Books to Prisoners c/o Quimby’s Bookstore
1321 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
PMB #460
Chicago, IL 60622
Ships books to IL, WI, MN, MO, IA, KS, IN, and NE

Portland Books to Prisoners
P.O. Box 11222
Portland, OR 97211

Prison Books Collective c/o Internationalist Books
405 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Ships books mostly to prisoners in MS, AL, and NC, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing.

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

Prison Book Program c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock St.
Suite 100
Hancock, MA 02169

Midwest Pages to Prisoners c/o Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Ships books to AZ, AR, FL, IA, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, WI.

UC Books to Prisoners
Box 515
Urbana, IL 61803
Ships books only in IL.

Books 2 Prisoners c/o Iron Rail

1631 Elysian Fields #117
New Orleans, LA 70117
Ships books only in LA.

Olympia Books to Prisoners
P.O. Box 912
Olympia, WA 98507

Books to Prisoners c/o Quixote Center
P.O. Box 5206
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Appalachian Prison Book Project
P.O. Box 601
Morgantown, WV 26507
Ships books to WV, VA, MD, OH, KY, and TN.

Inside Books Project c/o 12th Street Books
827 W. 12th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Ships books only in TX.

Prison Book Project
P.O. Box 396
Amherst, MA 01004
Ships books only in New England and TX.

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

Prison Library Project
P.M.B. 128, 915-C W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

Asheville Prison Books Program
67 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Ships books only in NC, SC, GA, and TN.

Cleveland Books 2 Prisoners
4241 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Ships books only in OH.

Women’s Prison Book Project c/o Arise Bookstore
2441 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Ships to women and transgender people in prison only.

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