Request books through our organization


Books to Prisoners receives more than 1,000 requests every month and each request is answered individually. We mail about 1-2 pounds of books per request at no cost to prisoners. Because we have minimal staff we are often several months behind in answering requests.

Please request books once every nine months to allow us to respond to as many individuals as possible each year.

We choose books from our donation-based library that match requests as closely as possible. Requests with a range of subjects and authors are answered the most successfully. Unfortunately, many prisons have restrictions on the kind of books that they allow prisoners to receive.  Restrictions like this may affect the books received by each prisoner. The most common restriction is paperback books only; some prisons allow only new books from publishers, so please inquire about such restrictions with each facility before writing to Books to Prisoners.

We keep no mailing list of individuals who request our services, nor do we keep a catalog of the books currently stocked in our library. We are currently unable to send books to men incarcerated in prisons in California.

To request books from Books to Prisoners, we ask that the person in prison send a letter including his or her name, prison ID number, and address to:

Books to Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A
Seattle, WA 98101

Please be patient with us and allow up to several months for receipt of a package.

Please also be advised that, on occasion, a package originating from Books to Prisoners will be returned by the prison mail room. We apologize if you have written to our organization but have not received a package in response. Be assured that we do our best to anticipate the demands of mail rooms and to work with their restrictions, but regulations can change unexpectedly despite our best efforts.

Books to Prisoners is always in need of donations to meet demand and costs of postage. Visit our donation page to learn more about helping our organization.