APPENDIX L: Free Book Programs
Books Through Bars & Free Book Programs
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.
P.O. Box 601, Morgantown, WV 26507
Ships books to WV, VA, MD, OH, KY, and TN.
4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19143
Will only send books to prisoners in: PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA, and WV.
To request specific books, you can write to: NYC Books Through Bars, c/o Bluestockings Bookstore, 116 Suffolk St., New York, NY 10002. They fill requests from all states except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA, OH, and WI, with a priority for NY. Send only requests.
Sending books to people in prison since the 1970s. Write to: 92 Pike St., Box A, Seattle, WA 98101
4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., #204C, Chicago, IL 60613
Ship books to women in prison only.
PO Box 602440, Cleveland, OH 44102
Ships books only in OH.
827 W. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701
Ships books only in TX.
Provides a free bimonthly newsletter to prisoners, "ULTRAVIOLET." To get ULTRAVIOLET in the mail, send your snail mail address to us at 3543 18th St. #26, San Francisco, CA 94110.
Sends packages of books, educational materials, and other LGBTQ resources to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the U.S. Write a letter requesting the genres of books you would like and giving your full name, prison identification number, and address to: LGBT Books to Prisoners, c/o Social Justice Center Incubator, 1202 Williamson St., Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703.
3157 Gentilly Blvd. #141, New Orleans, LA 70122
Ships books only in Louisiana.
1854 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Ships books to IL, WI, MN, MO, IA, KS, IN, and NE.
PO Box 1324, Bloomington, IN 47402
Ships books to AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, SD.
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.
1306 Hancock St., Suite 100, Hancock, MA 02169
1369 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
915-C W. Foothill Blvd., P.M.B. 128, Claremont, CA 91711
Offers free books and resources to LGBTQI+ identified folks. Write to: Tranzmission Prison Books, P.O. Box 1874, Asheville, NC 28802
Box 515, Urbana, IL 61803
Ships books only in IL.
2002 23rd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ships to women and transgender people in prison only.