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 February 14, 2017)
They’re organized in three categories—fiction, non-fiction 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.

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 are fine unless noted. (Some prisons require books in new condition.)

Fiction, etc.

  • Victor Villaseñor (must be new)
  • Sigmund Brouwer, The Last Temple and Out of the Shadows
  • Kelly Armstrong, The Gathering 
  • Jessie Redmon Fauset
  • Carrie Ryan, The Dead Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places
  • Fiction in Arabic
  • Fiction of all kinds in large print (used and new)

Non-Fiction, etc.

  • Nat Turner
  • The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs (or other current consumer version of the PDR)
  • Mexican history (must be new)
  • Freddie and Nifa Garcia, Outcry in the Barrio (must be new)
  • Victor Villaseñor (must be new)
  • Service dogs
  • Habeas corpus (must be new)
  • Study Bibles, esp. large print, Life Application and others (multiple requests, used and new)
  • Hernias
  • Large print Bibles , esp. NIV, KJV and NKJV (multiple requests)
  • Music industry
  • The Power (sequel to The Secret)
  • Non-fiction of all kinds in large print (used and new)

Educational, etc.

  • Milady Standard Cosmetology (multiple copies)
  • Milady Standard Nail Technology (multiple copies)
  • How to write music and songs
  • Hairstyling
  • ASL (beginning and more advanced, used and new)
  • Family law (especially Florida law)
  • Criminal law (multiple requests)
  • Educational materials of all kinds in large print (used and new)

You can drop off your books 2-5 p.m. any 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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