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If you're thinking about lending a hand at some time in the future, are currently participating in our projects, or would just like to keep-up with what we're doing, we recommend you join!

These are low-traffic, non-commercial lists which are primarily used to organize our work efforts and discuss projects. A daily digest option is available.

General Books to Prisoners list
Read & Respond to letters from inmates in area prisons and send them books. By belonging to this email list, you will be notified about our meeting times and be able to participate in and contribute to all of our projects.

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(public list, open to anyone to join)

Jail librarians
Participate in staffing the libraries in our local jails and work face to face with the inmates, providing library services. Currently we provide these services six times each month at the Downtown Urbana jail.

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Contact us by phone
Rings staff phone during business hours or voicemail at other times: 708-782-4608

Contact us electronically

We only serve Illinois inmates. If you are interested in connecting an inmate with free books who is not in Illinois, please refer to this list of other programs. This form is not for requesting books. The only way we are equipped accept book requests for inmates is by Postal mail (below).





Send us Postal Mail
Whether you are incarcerated and would like to request books or would like to write us for any reason including financial donations or book donations, please only use United States Postal Service as it is the only shipping method that can be delivered to a Post Office Box.

UC Books to Prisoners
Box 515 Urbana IL 61803