Make a Difference / Make a Little Money

We are looking to partner with a socially conscious entrepreneur to sell books online on consignment.

The mission of U-C Books to Prisoners is to provide free books to people incarcerated in Illinois and to promote education about incarceration and prisons. We serve prisoners in 33 State and Federal institutions in Illinois and operate libraries at two Champaign County Jail facilities.

Each year, Books to Prisoners receives donations of approximately 15,000 used books beyond those needed to fulfill our mission. We seek to work with an online bookseller who will select books from this inventory to sell on a consignment basis on a variety of platforms. The online seller will have dedicated space in the IMC building in Downtown Urbana to house the inventory of books. The space comes with free utilities and free Internet. No investment in inventory is required and the current bookseller will transfer her catalog of over 2,000 books listed on Amazon to the new seller. In the past the seller has averaged sales of about 2,100 books a year. Sales revenues are currently split 50 / 50 with Books to Prisoners. This arrangement is open to negotiation.

If you have some experience with online book sales and are looking for a profitable side gig that makes a difference, please send a statement of interest to: by June 9 for primary consideration.