In addition to the books we always need, we occasionally get requests for books that are rarely donated—and that would make a significant difference to the woman making the request.

You can help by ordering from our Amazon Wish List or purchasing from any bookstore
The next time you place an order, please add one (or more) of the books on the list. This will help you meet the minimum for free shipping and the books for incarcerated women will be sent directly to our address.

Also browse our special requests below (updated May 7, 2018)
They’re organized in four categories—fiction, nonfiction, spiritual/self-care and educational—and requests made within the last week are in blue at the top. Some books are also on the wish list, and some may be on your shelves, in that box in the basement or at the next garage sale you hit.

And remember, there are many kinds of books we always need—they often don’t even make it to a bookcase before being grabbed to fulfill a request.

Please bookmark this page on your smartphone for easy reference.

If you can donate any of these books, please add a note that they’re from the Special Requests list. This will help us match the items to the requests faster. All books must be paperback. Used books in good condition are fine unless noted. (Some prisons require books in new or like-new condition.)

Fiction, etc.

  • L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea and other novels in the Anne of Green Gables series (new preferred)
  • Fiction of all kinds in Spanish and/or large print (used and new)

Nonfiction, etc.

  • Nell Bernstein, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison (must be new)
  • Nonfiction of all kinds in Spanish and/or large print (used and new)

Spiritual, self-care, etc.

  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Lupus
  • Study Bibles, esp. large print, NLT, Life Application and others (multiple requests, used and new)
  • Large print Bibles, esp. NIV, KJV and NKJV (multiple requests, used and new)
  • Spiritual and self-care of all kinds in Spanish and/or large print (used and new)

Educational, etc.

  • Nahuatl 
  • Diesel mechanics
  • Bacterial infections, staph and/or sepsis
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel (must be new)
  • NCLEX-RN review book (must be new and current)
  • Illinois Real Estate License Exam prep (must be new)
  • Tim Rice, Illinois Real Estate Principles and Practice (must be new)
  • Raising sheep and/or goats
  • Educational materials of all kinds in Spanish and/or large print (used and new)


You can drop off your books 2-4:30 pm any Saturday or Sunday

4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
(Hermitage and Sunnyside)
Only two blocks from the Montrose Brown Line stop and plenty of free street parking

To mail books, please send them by USPS (Media Mail)

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

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2,252 packages so far in 2018!

That’s 2,081 packages of books and 171 blank journals to incarcerated women across the country. In 2017 we sent 4,690 packages (4,086 packages of books and 604 blank journals). Big thanks to all our supporters! (updated May 13, 2018)

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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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