List of Organizations that Provide GED Materials to Currently Incarcerated People

NOTE: Some facilities only accept brand new books by mail, sent directly from a bookstore or publisher. Because many of the organizations listed below send used books, you should double check your facility’s policy before requesting GED materials.

Appalachian Prison Book Project

P.O. Box 601

Morgantown, WV 26507

Serving: KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, WV

Arizona Read Between the Bars

c/o Daily Planet Publishing

P.O. Box 1589

Tucson, AZ, 85702-1589

Serving: AZ

Asheville Prison Book Program

67 N Lexington Ave

Asheville, NC 28801

Serving: NC, SC and TN

Books for Prisoners San Diego

c/o Groundwork Books

0323 Student Center
La Jolla, CA 92037

Serving: All U.S. states

Books 2 Prisoners

1631 Elysian Fields #117

New Orleans, LA 70117

[email protected]

Free books to prisoners in Southeast states.

Books Through Bars

4722 Baltimore Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Sends progressive political and educational materials for free to jails in the mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA, WV). Donates books directly to county jail libraries but does not accept individual requests. Request books by topic. No catalog. Donations including artwork and stamps greatly appreciated.

Books Through Bars - NYC

c/o Bluestockings

172 Allen St

New York, NY 10002

Ships to prisoners nationwide. Specializes in political and history books. Also sends literary fiction and other educational books. Does not send religious literature. Donations of stamps and cash are appreciated. Money orders should be made to the groups’ fiscal sponsor, ABC No Rio.

Books Thru Bars Of Ithaca

C/o Autumn Leaves Used Books

115 The Commons

Ithaca, NY 14850

Free books to inmates in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Books To Prisoners

C/o Left Bank Books

92 Pike St., Box A

Seattle, WA 98101

The longest running project of its kind. Free books to prisoners Nationwide. Request by subject, no religious materials or legal materials. donations appreciated. Special Note - Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent to be new.

Chicago Books To Women In Prison


4511 N. Hermitage Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Free books to women prisoners in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

Dc Prisons Book Project

P.O. Box 5243 

Hyattsville, MD 20782

Free books to prisoners nationwide.

Gainesville Books For Prisoners

P.O. Box 12164

Gainesville, FL 32604

Covers prisoners nationwide. Accepts Requests by topic of interest only.

Inside Books Project

C/o 12th St. Books

827 West 12th Street

Austin, TX 78701

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Send a request for resource list and newsletter. Accepts artwork donations for their yearly prisoner art show.

Internationalist Prison Books Collective

Internationalist Books to Prisoners

405 W. Franklin Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in North Carolina only.

Prison Book Project

C/o Food for Thought Books

P.O. Box 396

Amherst, MA 01004-0396

Sends ONLY to prisoners in Texas, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Red Bird Books to Prisoners

PO Box 1291

Columbus, OH 43216

Request topics or authors only, catalog of radical zines available upon request. No bibles. Serving: Ohio only with some exceptions.

Midwest Pages To Prisoners Project

C/o Boxcar Books

406 E. 6th St.

Bloomington, IN 47408


[email protected]

No Texas or Michigan prisoner requests.


6315 NE Rodney

Portland, OR 97211 [email protected]

Sends books to state and federal prisoners in all states except Oregon. Request by topic not author. No legal or religious requests.

Prison Book Program

1306 Hancock St. Suite 100

Quincy, MA 02169

617-423-3298 (NO collect calls)

Covers all states but CA, MA, MD, MI, PA, or TX (except Gatesville and Huntsville). Does not offer computer books, horror, romance, textbooks, true crime, or white supremacist materials. Publishes the National Prisoner Resource List free to prisoners nationwide on request.

Prison Book Project

C/o Food for Thought Books

P.O. Box 396

Amherst, MA 01004-0396

(413) 584-8975 ext. 208

Serves prisoners in New England states (Maine, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI) and Texas only. Request books by topics of interest, not title. No mailing list or catalog. No hardback books.

Prison Literature Project

C/o Bound Together Bookstore

1369 Haight St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

No Texas requests. Request types of books-not specific titles, Stamps or donations greatly appreciated.

The Prison Library Project

915-C West Foothill Blvd. PMB 128 

Claremont, CA 91711

Free fiction and non-fiction books to state and federal prisoners nationwide. Priority to educational topics. Textbooks not available.

Women’s Prison Book Project

C/o Arise Bookstore

2441 Lyndale Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55405[email protected]

Ships to all states except OR, MI, CO, and WV. Free books to women prisoners only. No county jail requests. Does not ship hardback books. Free resource guide for women and transgender prisoners. Encourages women and transgender prisoners to write articles for their newsletter. Write for more details.