As a non-profit 501(c)(3) with only one part-time paid staff member, the majority of our work is done through volunteer labor. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to read book requests from incarcerated individuals and comb through our library of books to find the perfect fit. To learn more about what volunteering with Books to Prisoners looks like, please download our Volunteer Guide (below).

We welcome individuals, students, court-ordered community service volunteers, and small groups. Volunteers with previous experience in a library settingĀ or who are avid readers are best prepared to help choose books from our library, but we welcome all who love to learn and are passionate about human rights!

Download Volunteer Guide

Where are you located? When can I volunteer?

Our volunteer headquarters is located in Crown Hill in the basement of the Crown Hill United Methodist Church:

8500 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

We are a drop-in volunteer organization. To get started volunteering, you must first attend an orientation – once you have completed an orientation, you may come to any one of our open volunteer hours in whatever way fits with your schedule.

Orientations take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm


Tuesday: 6 pm -10 pm

Wednesday: 9:30 am -1:30 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm

Thursday: 6 pm -10 pm

We will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th and Tuesday, January 1st.

To join our operational volunteer e-mail list, where we post closures, extra hours, and important updates for volunteers, subscribe here.

Looking to complete court-ordered community service?

Please contact us at, as we have some additional information we need from you before you begin volunteering.