BOOKS 2 PRISONERS
Who we are
BOOKS 2 PRISONERS is an independent community-based group whose purpose is to broaden the range of reading materials available to prisoners throughout Canada. Our mandate is to provide free reading materials to prisoners as per request. All books are donated by publishing houses and by the general public and we cover the price of postage.
Donate your Books
BOOKS 2 PRISONERS accepts donations of all kinds of books, although we don’t accept hardcover books, magazines or textbooks. Some of the more requested topics and genres are: First Nations art, how-to books on drawing, painting, carving, writing, creative process, addiction and recovery, self-help, exercise/yoga/fitness, general interest sciences and history, first nations authors, classic literature, popular fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, adventure, biographies. If you live in the Vancouver area and have books to donate, please contact us to make arrangements.
Any prisoner can make a request
BOOKS 2 PRISONERS has access to books on a wide range of subjects including health, self-help, sexuality, black history, women’s issues, aboriginal issues, politics, psychology, philosophy, plus an array of novels. We will accept requests by subject matter or author. If we don’t have the book that you asked for, we will send the closest thing we find to your request. Whether we can send directly to you or to the prison library depends on the prison.
Other Independent Books to Prisoners Programs
(note: each Books to Prisoners program operates autonomously and independently)
Books To Prisoners
Ottawa, ON. K1S 5B6
Open Door Books (ODB)
c/o QPIRG Concordia
1455 de Maisonneuve O
bookstoprisoners (at) gmail.com
Books Beyond Bars
PO Box 33129
booksbeyondbars (at) gmail.com
Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Women’s Prison and Reintegration Committee
Book clubs and book exchanges for prisoners at the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW) through Edmonton Public Library.
Book Clubs to Inmates
“Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) is a registered charity that organizes volunteer-led book clubs within federal penitentiaries across Canada. Currently, BCFI is facilitating 36 book clubs from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.”
Other Books/Reading Programs and Resources
Books Through Bars Philidelphia has a listing of some of the programs in the U.S.