Resources: Free Books Programs

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.

Download a PDF copy of the 2019 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Antioch College Books to Prisoners Project

Antioch College Books to Prisoners Project is committed to developing discourse and action related to incarceration and the criminal “justice” system. They provide free books and zines to incarcerated people Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana. 


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Appalachian Prison Book Project

The Appalachian Prison Book Project sends free books, hosts book clubs inside prisons in our region, and is leading an effort to bring for-credit college courses into prison. They provides books to prisoners in the Appalachian region only; KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, & WV.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Athens Books to Prisoners

Athens Books to Prisoners is a volunteer run organization that sends free books to prisoners in Ohio upon request. Serves people in Ohio only.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Book 'Em

Book 'Em is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania only. Prisoners may request books by subject. Sends books to individuals in Pennsylania only.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Books Through Bars

Sends free books to individual prisoners. Prisoners may request by topic (not exact title or author), and provide several areas of interest if possible. Serves individuals in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, & WV only.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Books to Prisoners

 Request by subject; very few religious or legal materials. Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent be new.  No requests from male prisoners in California. Write directly to request. Serves people nationwide, with exceptions.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer, donation-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that distributes paperback books
(including Spanish books) free of charge to women in prisons nationwide, including transwomen in men's prisons. They send three
books in a package. Please provide several options of genre or subject matter. Currently serves Cook County jail (no other short term facilities) and state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons.


Women's Organizations and Resources, Free Books Programs
DC Books to Prisoners

Request reading material by mail. Please request by prioritized subject and list prison restrictions if known. Books shipped to all states except CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, & WI. Please wait 5 months between requests.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
East Bay Prisoner Support

Formed in 2007 as an prison abolitionist, anti-authoritarian collective. Write to receive a catalog. Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV only. Focus on queer, trans and women prisoners in any state.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources, Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Inside Books Project

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Also sends a very informative prisoner resource guide free to prisoners in all states. Send two stamps, or pre-addressed stamped envelope containing two stamps for a copy of their resource guide. Serves people in Texas prisons only.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs

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