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.

(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 Most:

  • Popular thrillers and mysteries

  • Fantasy, sci-fi, horror

  • Trade, How to's, DIY

  • Addiction & recovery

  • Art, poetry, photography

  • Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, exercise

  • Astrology, tarot, dreams

  • Prison abolition, prison writings

  • Black & Latinx history, politics, culture

  • Activism, radical movements, revolution

  • Intersectional Feminism

  • Queer fiction & non fiction

  • Homesteading, gardening, urban farming

  • Books in Spanish

  • Zines


Books We Cannot Accept:

  • Hardcover books

  • Books with writing, highlighting, underlining, or missing pages

  • Heavily worn or stained books

  • Religious texts 

  • Old magazines (we do accept National Geographic, but we are fully stocked right now.)

  • White supremacist literature

  • Books advocating racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, whorephobia, fatphobia or any other form of discrimination

  • Computer books


You can also help by purchasing needed books from our Amazon Wishlist or our Harriet's Wishlist!