Prisoners Literature Project

Donate

There are three main ways that you can donate to the Prisoners Literature Project: donating money, buying books from our wishlist, and donating books to us directly.  Here’s how you can do each of these:

Donate Money To The PLP!

At the Prisoners Literature Project, we’re all volunteers, but average postage on a book package runs more than $3.50.  We currently send out more than 200 book packages to prisoners each week — which means we spend almost $3,000 every month just for postage.  In short: Every dollar counts.  We need to increase our funding to catch up with our backlog of book requests – both paying for postage, and for buying special requests (included much-needed dictionaries) for prisoners.

Think of it this way:

A single $25 donation will get much-needed books to seven U.S. prisoners.  A recurring payment of $10 a month will get books to three prisoners every month, or nearly 40 packages – about 120 books – across an entire year.

Please consider donating via PayPal today – & you can set up recurring payments via this page:

Prisoners Literature Project is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 20-3541104 (under the fiscal sponsorship of Grassroots House.)

You can also make checks payable to the Prisoners Literature Project and mail them to Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA  94117.

Donate Books!

For anyone local to the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ll normally accept in-person donations of any good quality books. We need certain types of paperbacks in good condition to pass on to prisons.  Nice hardbacks are also useful — especially larger, modern textbooks in current editions and other quality books.

The most common book requests from prisoners are for:

dictionaries of all kinds (including ASL sign language); also thesauruses,  & almanacs.
how-to books: construction, gardening, drawing, etc.
– books on African-American, Latino, and Native American history and culture
– books on business, self-help, politics, psychology, philosophy, science, mathematics
fiction by or about people of color
good quality detective, sci-fi & fantasy fiction paperbacks & Westerns 
– books on meditation, yoga, and bodyweight exercises

We sometimes get inundated by ‘leftover’ books  – please don’t donate books that secondhand book stores won’t take, or leftovers from yard sales.

[IMPORTANT COVID-19 RELATED NOTE: The usual spots to donate books to the PLP are closed at this time. Unfortunately, many recent donations to our backup location have been poor quality, so we’re pausing donation for now. Thanks!]

Book donations to the PLP are welcome at any of these locations under normal conditions.  Please write “PLP” on the bag or box of books, so others know the books are intended for us:

Moe’s Books (2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704)  [Please write “PLP” on the bag or box of books!]
Grassroots House (2022 Blake St (off Shattuck Ave), Berkeley, CA 94704)  Best to drop books off during our Wednesday or Sunday meetings; if you need to, you can also leave them on our porch.
Bound Together Books (1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, 94117)  Hours are 11.30am to 7.30pm daily but call ahead [415 – 431-8355] to check someone will be there.

You can also donate books and other items in the PLP’s name to Community Thrift Store on Valencia St. in SF, and we will benefit.

Please contact us if you would like to mail us a book donation. And please note that we also accept donations of shipping supplies such as U.S. postal stamps, transparent packing tape, and large manila envelopes (at least 9 x 12 inch; no padding).

Buy ‘Most Wanted’ Books From Our Special Requests!

Some books require special ordering at the Prisoners Literature Project – especially ones around drawing, homesteading, wicca, tiny houses, domestic violence & more. We just can’t get donated books to meet the requests.

We’d really appreciate some help here.  Instead of donating money  or donating your own books you can now buy these books for us via our wishlist.  Buy a book!  Any title you purchase from our wishlist will be sent directly to someone behind bars.  You’ll never find a more grateful reader.

About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots group that sends hundreds of free book packages to needy prisoners in the United States every month.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Latest News
Help PLP by buying from our book wishlist!
Jul 2020

We haven’t been publicizing our Amazon wishlist for ‘special requests’ too much.. until now!


PLP & COVID-19 – June update
Jun 2020

A quick update: sadly, Prisoners Literature Project still can’t host regular volunteer sessions, and may not be able to for some time.


A wonderful new thank-you letter!
May 2020

A couple of co-ordinators are going in individually, & Gina kindly passed along this wonderful thank-you letter from a prisoner.