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Help people in Illinois prisons have books to read

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ORGANIZATION: IMC - Books to Prisoners

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At Books to Prisoner volunteer sessions, you will read letters from incarcerated people and select books from our large collection of gently used books to send to the prisoner. Other volunteer tasks include collecting books from the public donation bins, cleaning and sorting new donations, data-entry, and packing books to be shipped.

During the summer months, we hold two public volunteer sessions a week:
Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Saturdays, 2-4 PM
Please email the Volunteer Coordinator to get the sign up link: rachel@books2prisoners.org

During the academic year, we hold three public volunteer sessions a week:
Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Saturdays, 2-4 PM
Sundays, 2-4 PM

Our location, in the basement, is not chair-accessible at this time

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About IMC - Books to Prisoners


202 S. Broadway Ave, P.O. Box 515, Urbana, IL 61802, US

Mission Statement

The mission of U-C Books to Prisoners is to provide books to incarcerated people in Illinois at no cost to them, and to promote education about incarceration and prisons in our community.


UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana, Illinois based project providing books to people in prison in Illinois by mail as well as through the Champaign county jail library which we operate.

We are an 20 year-old community-powered and volunteer-run organization with a number of easy ways for you to get involved. No experience is required (but it helps if you like to read). It suits most volunteers to give two to four hours a month due to the nature of the work, but if you like, you can volunteer more often,

Our volunteers interact with the incarcerated by reading their book request letters, selecting books from our collection and preparing them for shipment. They also regularly sort through book donations. We also staff a lending library in the Champaign County jail. If you would prefer to work behind the scenes, we can also utilize your unique skills coordinating book drives, fund raising, tech-support, packing boxes, data-base work, developing programs to educate and engage the community around issues of books and prisons, staffing our book sales, and more.


Education & Literacy
Justice & Legal
Community, Education & Literacy, Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


Independent Media Center-Books to Prisoners202 S. Broadway Ave.P.O. Box 515Urbana, IL 61803



  • Adult Education
  • Problem Solving
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each work session is 2 long
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs, have general computer facility, like to read non-fiction and/or fiction.

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