Inside Books Project mails over 40,000 books a year to prisoners in Texas, free of charge. In order to accomplish this herculean feat, we depend on our community to donate books to our library so that volunteers can fulfill book requests and inmates can receive educational and reading material to match their needs.
On Saturday, December 6th from 10a to 4p, Inside Books Project will hold a book drive at Space 12 - 3121 East 12th Street, Austin 78702. Please help spread the word and please bring lightly used books to donate. We will have staff on hand to assist in loading books from your car. And head here for the Facebook event.
Books most in need are :
- African American Studies
- Dictionaries (ideally softcover, but we'll take any)
- Pulp Fiction - Thrillers, Fantasy, Westerns, and Sci-Fi
- Graphic Novels
- Books in Spanish
- Games + Puzzles
- Fitness + Bodybuilding
- Trade Books + How To Manuals - Plumbing, Woodwork, Electrical Repair, etc.
- Science and Math Textbooks
- ESL - English as a Second Language
- Test Prep Books - GED/SAT and Similar
- Black / African American Literature
- Latino Studies (Esp. Mexican History)
- Native American tribes (esp. Aztec and Mayan)
- Psychology and Philosophy
- Writing + Grammar Resources
Books we are not able to send / books we do not need :
- Hardcover fiction - these books are too heavy to mail
- Blank journals / composition books - these have sadly been recently banned
- Encyclopedias - these are too heavy to mail
- Books with nudity - these are banned
- Wire bound books - these are banned
Inside Books Project will accept any books donated to us, but we cannot send all books to prisoners. Books that we cannot send will either be sold or recycled.