Our project relies on your book donations - we wouldn't exist without them! We accept new and used paperback books. You can mail book donations to us at: Books Behind Bars PO BOX 2611 Wildwood, NJ 08260. You can also email us at: to schedule a drop off or pick up.

(Please note: we cannot accept hardcover books - most prisons don't accept them and they are expensive to mail. Paperbacks only - thank you so much!) ​


Books We Currently Need:

  • Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies

  • Black history, politics, culture

  • Memoirs & fiction by people of color

  • LGBTQ fiction

  • Popular fiction (mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy)

  • Prison issues

  • Addiction & recovery resources

  • Trade or DIY 

  • Self help

  • Classic American literature


Books We Cannot Accept:

  • Hardcover books

  • Religious texts (INCLUDING BIBLES)

  • Old magazines (except for National Geographic or similar history/science periodicals)

  • White supremacist literature

  • Books advocating racial animosity, sexism, or homophobia

  • Computer books

  • Books with notes or underlining

  • Heavily worn or stained books


You can also help by purchasing needed books from our Amazon Wishlist!



PO BOX 2611 WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

(609) 425-4795

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