Do you have a friend or family member in prison who would like to receive books? We may be able to help. Please email us at chicagobwp@gmail.com. Be sure to include the name and mailing address of the incarcerated individual, as well as a few kinds of books she would like.

Currently we send books to women (including transwomen) in state prisons in Arizona, CaliforniaFloridaIllinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons. We do not send books to jails and other short-term facilities outside Chicago.

You may also be interested in other resources available to women in prison and their families, friends and advocates.

Want to donate books or other materials? Before donating, learn what we need most—and what we don’t need at all.

You may drop off books 2–4:30 pm any Saturday or Sunday. We’re located at 4511 N. Hermitage Ave. (Hermitage and Sunnyside). We’re only two blocks from the Montrose Brown Line stop and there is plenty of free street parking. Take the walkway to the church’s community building—not the sanctuary on the corner—and ring our doorbell. It’s the highest one to the left of the door.

To mail books, please send (USPS Media Mail recommended) to:

Chicago Books to Women in Prison c/o RFUMC
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here.

If you have any questions—or would like to drop something off, but weekend afternoons are inconvenient—please email us at chicagobwp@gmail.com.

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IMPORTANT: Learn more before donating books
Please check with us before organizing a book drive or putting together a donation of more than a few books from your own library. We are well stocked and storage space is limited.

4,592 packages so far in 2018!

That’s 4,267 packages of books and 325 blank journals to incarcerated women across the country. Big thanks to all our supporters—we couldn’t do it without you! (updated December 9, 2018)

Help us get the most wanted books!

Learn what we’re looking for now

• Shop our Amazon wish list (feel free to buy from the list at other stores)

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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.

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