Many prisoners discover a love for reading while incarcerated. While books often become a haven for inmates, not all South Carolina prisons have them, leaving those who want to better themselves through reading with few options for obtaining reading material. Luckily, a handful of dedicated organizations provide free books to prisoners in South Carolina. These organizations are listed below, along with instructions on how to request books. To download a list and instructions for printing and sharing, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Please contact me if there are other organizations that can be added to this list.
To request a free book, mail a letter to one of the organizations below. Include any specific restrictions your institution may have so that the organizations can comply and you can get your books! If your institution requires prior approval, send the approval enclosed with your letter. Please write what kind of books you would like to receive. Keep in mind that sometimes organizations cannot fulfill requests for specific authors or titles, so it is a good idea to also mention what genres or subjects interest you. You may request books as often as you want. If you are able to include stamps in your letter, organizations will appreciate it!
|Organization Name||Mail Letter To|
|Books to Prisoners||
Books to Prisoners
|D.C. Books to Prisons
**Cannot send books to Lieber Correctional Institution in Pelzer, SC
DC Books to Prisons
|NYC Books Through Bars||
NYC Books Through Bars
|Prison Book Program||
Prison Book Program
|The Prison Library Project||
Prison Library Project c/o The Claremont Forum
|Women’s Prison Book Project
**Prisoners who want to request books from this organization must fill out the Women’s Prison Book Project order form.
Women’s Prison Book Project
To download a printable version of this list to share, click here.
To download an order form to request a book from the Women’s Prison Book Project, click here.