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 
They’re organized in four categories—fiction, nonfiction, spiritual/self-care and educational. 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.

Nothing right now!

Nonfiction, etc.

  • Nonfiction of all kinds in Spanish and/or large print (used and new)

Spiritual, self-care, etc.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Real Estate License Exam prep (must be new)
  • Tim Rice, Illinois Real Estate Principles and Practice (must be new)
  • 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
c/o RFUMC
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Please ask if you’d like a tax donation receipt.

Do you have questions or need to make special arrangements? Get in touch 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.

1,022 packages so far in 2019

Last year we sent 4,852 packages to women, as well as trans and nonbinary people, behind bars across the US—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated March 18, 2019)

Help us get the most wanted books!

Check out the books we always need
SPOTLIGHT: Urban fiction and true crime

• 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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