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 online wish list at Women & Children First
Buy books we need, we’ll pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. Your purchase will also benefit one of Chicago’s best indy bookstores!

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. 

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.

  • Learning Korean
  • 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.


1,193 packages so far in 2020!

In 2019, we sent 5,117 packages—more than 15,300 books and composition books—to women and trans people locked up across the country. (In 2018 we sent 4,852 packages.) Big, big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you. (updated March 15, 2020)

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.

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