Inside Books Project is an independent 501 c (3) non-profit and is supported entirely by donations of money, books, and volunteer time.

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.

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.


Cash donations help us pay for postage, mailing supplies, printing, and 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! 

Thank you so much for the literature you sent to me - MANY others have made use of and enjoyed it. Thanks again, IBP! You brighten my day and lift my spirits!
— Patrick - Inmate in Texas
I thank you for the books you sent me and would like to thank you for what you people do for all of us. May God bless you all.
— Juan - Inmate in Texas

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.


A long time ago, when I was incarcerated in the state jail, I heard about Inside Books Project. Although the facility that I was at had a library, the selection of books was limited, and it wasn’t always possible for everyone to get to go. If you were scheduled to work, or in some other program when your dorm was called, you were stuck out until next time. There was also no guarantee that you would be called as scheduled. Not only that, but there is something about having your name called at mail call that makes you feel like you are not forgotten.

I was actually one of the lucky ones. I know people today who don’t have access to something as simple as a bible on some units. People who are in solitary do not get to go to a library at all and are just left to sit in a cell with nothing to stimulate their mind or even entertain and pass time with.

I have had the opportunity on three or so occasions to go volunteer with IBP. The people were friendly and helpful! It wasn’t how I had pictured it from the other side of the fence but it gave me a better understanding of how much time and thought can go into the process. It was nice to be able to write a note to someone to send with a package that will undoubtedly bring at least a few moments of joy to someone!

Often we hesitate to do something because we get overwhelmed with the amount of need in the world. Somewhere in the back of our mind we think it will take some grand project to make a difference. The reality is that so often it is a culmination of lots of little things that makes a positive impact in the lives of others! I am happy to be even a small part of an organization like this one!
— Lauren J.