Book Donations

High demand topics

• dictionaries • GED prep • poetry • urban fiction • writing • drawing • addiction & recovery • history •
• health & exercise • guides to learning a trade (construction etc) More Examples

Please do not donate the following (save us the cost and trouble of recycling)

• encyclopedias • Readers Digest condensed books • Cliff notes • books in poor condition • pamphlets • reports •
• articles • academic journals • textbooks older than 5 years • moldy, dusty, poorly stored books • spiral bound textbooks •
• magazines (including National Geographics)

If you live outside of our area and would like to mail your donation to us, please do so at the following address:

UC Books to Prisoners
Book Donation Processing
PO Box 515
Urbana IL 61803

If you live in the Champaign / Urbana Illinois community please donate books at one of our conveniently located book drop sites. Typcially our donation bins hold up to 150 books, however if you have additional boxed books, you can neatly stack them near the collection bin.

To coordinate donations of large amounts of books (twenty boxes or more), or to plan a book drive at your church or organization please use the contact form on our web site to make arrangements.

Local Book Drop Sites

donation site

Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
Your very own community media center! You are invited to participate in any or all of our projects, including Books to Prisoners, WRFU Low power FM community radio, Public i newspaper, live music shows and theatrical performances and art workshops. Book Donation bin located inside entrance (door on Broadway) to the left near the information table.

202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana
(217) 344-8820

Lincoln Square Mall
Two donation bins are located inside the Lincoln Square Mall in the corridor across from the art coop.
300 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana

Parkland College
Book drop located at College Center, across from the library on the first floor.

2400 West Bradley Ave Champaign

Financial Donations
UC Books to Prisoners accepts financial donations. As a project of the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your donations can be tax deductable (consult your accountant).

Payment Methods
Donate online via Square (credit cards)
Check or Money Order

Make your check payable to:
IMC - Books to Prisoners

Send your payment to:
UC Books to Prisoners
Box 515 Urbana IL 61803
Computer Donations
UC Books to Prisoners accepts donations of current computer hardware for use by our volunteers in our sorting & packing facility as well as by volunteers doing outreach in our community. If you have current computer hardware to donate please contact us to arrange the donation.

Equipment Needed

Complete Mac or PC systems less than 5 years old. Apple Ipads.