Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Books to Prisoners Programs - -

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Books to Prisoners Programs

Find book donation programs in the US, Canada and Great Britain that serve prisoners. See full guidelines. Books must be paperback and in good condition with no water damage, limited or no highlighting or underlining, an intact spine and covers, and free of stains, mildew, etc. Accepted: New and gently used paperback books with no liquid damage, Blank notebooks and journals, Calendars for the current year, Self-published books written for people in prison, Advance reading and review copies. Not accepted: True crime, kids books

Item Notes Method Destination
Books - Hard Cover See guidelines for bolded categories that hard covers are allowed (highest demand categories).
  • Free Drop-off
  • Free Mail-in
  • Reuse
Books - Soft Cover
  • Free Drop-off
  • Free Mail-in
  • Reuse
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