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Books To Prisoners

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Prisoners across the country send us letters with book requests. We respond by sending them donated books that match their request as closely as possible. Answer prisoner book requests. Shelve books. Wrap books. Scout books at library book sales. Raise funds.

Main volunteer times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 10pm, and Wednesday days 9:30am to 1:30pm. We may also have weekend hours if the demand continues.

Please notify us in your email if you need to do court-ordered community service; there are special instructions.

COVID update - Summer 2020 we are in a highly restricted partial opening. New volunteer opportunities will be few and far between, unfortunately.

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About Books To Prisoners


92 Pike St, Box 'A', Seattle, WA 98101, US

Mission Statement

To educate and empower incarcerated people across the United States through the dissemination of free reading material.


For over 44 years Books To Prisoners (based in Seattle, with support groups in Olympia and Bellingham, WA and Portland, OR) has been responding to individual requests from prisoners around the U.S. for reading material. We send educational, empowering, entertaining, and thought-provoking literature free to 900-1200 prisoners per month. BTP was all-volunteer for 40 years and now has only one part-time staffer, and receives most of its funds from individual donors and local fundraising events. BTP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


7601 Greenwood Ave NSeattle, WA 98103



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Adult Education


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 15
  • At least 12 hrs in a year
  • Must be able to read English fluently.

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