The holidays are an especially hard time for people in prison. Each year during the holiday season, Inside Books Project sets a goal to mail ALL waiting packages to inmates, many of whom have no support from the outside. This year, we have 2,400 packages of free books ready to send, which will cost $8,000 to mail. Can you help?

Make a one time donation by Credit Card :

All credit card donations are processed via a secure server. You'll get a receipt by email which you can use for tax deduction purposes.

Click Here To Donate By Credit Card

Donate every month with PayPal :

Inside Books Project offers a "Sustainer Program" to make a regular monthly contribution. Requires a PayPal account.


Donate by Check :

Checks can be mailed to Inside Books Project c/o 12th Street Books, 827 West 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.


Donate Books : 

We always need books, especially dictionaries, criminal law books, art books (how to draw and books with art), trade manuals and how to books, African-American studies, Chicano studies, Native American history, books in Spanish and westerns. We have book donation drop boxes at our main location at Space 12, Monkey Wrench Books, and Bouldin Creek Cafe.


Volunteer : 

Volunteers open letters from inmates, select books to best fit the request, and make packages of books to send back to each inmate. The books selected by the volunteers become the personal property of each inmate.


Other ways to help :

Shop at Treasure City Thrift, a fantastic thrift store on Austin's East Side. Treasure City Thrift generously donates a significant percentage of sales to Inside Books Project, so sales at Treasure City Thrift directly helps Inside Books Project. You can also donate gently used items to Treasure City Thrift.

Inside Books Project sells books at HOPE Market on Austin's East Side. All sale proceeds directly fund Inside Books Project's mission. Buy a book and help send books to inmates in Texas.


How your donations help :

Cash donations help us pay for postage, mailing supplies, printing, and purchasing dictionaries. Donations from individuals make up a substantial portion of our funding. Every dollar donated sends one book out the door, so every dollar counts!

  • Inside Books Project is a registered 501c(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.
  • Inside Books Project has no paid staff.
  • Over 80% of all the money we collect goes directly to postage costs, which totaled over $38,000 in 2013. 
  • Over the past 15 years, Inside Books Project has sent over a quarter million free books to inmates in Texas! 
  • 2014 is on target to be our biggest year yet - we are on track to send 35,000 free books to inmates in Texas with the help of our donors and volunteers - THANK YOU!