New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, January 25

Please join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers, this Sunday, January 25, 1–2 p.m. Then stay for our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.

Just learned about us? Been thinking of joining for a while? This is a terrific time to get involved with Chicago Books to Women in Prison. Not only will you make a concrete, personal difference in the lives of people in difficult circumstances, but we had a great year in 2014. And more is planned for 2015, including our new series of community events.

It’s also simply extremely satisfying to match a book request with books that you select, knowing that soon you will be making someone’s day in a powerful way.

Not often available on Sunday? We invite you to support our work in other ways and help give women in prison the self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.


891 packages so far in 2021

Packages carrying books of all kinds and composition books to women and trans people locked up across the country! (In 2020—with our capacity drastically cut due to COVID-19 precautions—we sent 1,964 packages. In 2019, we sent 5,117 packages; in 2018, 4,852.) Big, big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you, especially in this most difficult time. (updated June 14, 2021)

Donate money quickly and easily

Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

Shop our wish list today

Buy books we need online and we pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. (Or buy a gift card if you can’t decide!) Your purchase benefits not just the people we serve, but one of Chicago’s best indy bookstores.

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