Donate Books

Book drop-off: Books can be dropped off at our office (directions) during volunteer hours.

Mailing Books to PBP: We accept book donations by mail. Our address is at the bottom of this page. Because shipping books can be expensive, we strongly encourage you to consider donating your books to a "books to prisoners" program closer to you or to a local jail or prison.

Books we can and can't use:Prison restrictions and prisoner requests determine which books are sent to prisoners and which are not. This table summarizes our needs. Please email info@prisonbookprogram.org if you have any questions.

Books we cannot use are passed onto Better World Books or Big Hearted Books. These organizations either sell them on our behalf, pass them onto other organizations that can use them or recycle them if they are unusable.

 
Books we CAN USE are...
Books we CANNOT USE are...
General GuidelinesPaperback
Gently-used, like new or brand-new condition
Self published books written for the prison population are OK
Advance reading and review copies are OK
Hardcovers
Spiral or comb bound
Multi-level sets - encyclopedias, etc
Self-published (unless written for the prison population)
Missing pages or covers
Smell musty
Yellowed, or have brittle spines
Too old to have a UPC on back cover
Magazines
Have writing/notes in the margins (light highlighting is OK)
Children's picture books
FictionRecent best-sellers
Action/Adventure (Dean Koontz, etc)
Classic Literature (Moby Dick, etc)
Ethnic (Af-Am, Native-Am, Hispanic)
Historic Fiction
Manga/graphic novels
Mysteries
Myths & Legends
Poetry
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Urban Fiction
Westerns
"Chick-lit"
College literature compilations
Have weapons on the cover
Romance novels
Titles that not in one of the categories to the left
(even loosely)
Non-FictionWe can use most paperback non-fiction, especially...
Animals
Art, especially drawing
Computer science - popular programming languages published in the last 6 years
Cultural – African American, Hispanic, Native American
Environment
Exercise (esp weight lifting and yoga)
Foreign language study and books in Spanish
Games (Sudoku, puzzles, chess, etc)
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender studies
Health - General
History & current events
Legal dictionaries and basic criminal law
Math
Music
Philosophy
Psychology & self help
Science
Secret societies and the occult (e.g., Masons, Rosicrucian Order, extra terrestrials, etc.)
Small business startup
Social Sciences (archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, activism, political science)
Spirituality & Religion – especially Bible concordances & dictionaries, Islam and non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, Paganism etc, New Age spirituality
Sports
The Autobiography of Malcolm X and works about or by MLK & Barack Obama
Trades (i.e. woodworking, automotive, etc.)
Travel essays and travelogues
Writing
Academic journals
Computer science more than 6 years old
Legal journals and attorney-level legal reference
Textbooks more than 10 years old
Travel guides (travel essays and travelogues OK)
True crime
Written specifically for women
ReferenceDictionaries (English)
Thesauruses
Almanacs less than 10 years old
Single volume encyclopedias
Foreign language dictionaries
GED study guides
Spanish/English dictionaries and books in Spanish
Writing reference - grammar guides, etc.
Encyclopedias and similar hard-cover book sets
Legal Journals
GRE and grad-school level test prep books