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Wisconsin Books to Prisoners

We send books to prisoners in the state of Wisconsin free of charge. We believe that books are tools for learning and can help open minds to new ideas and fresh possibilities. By sending books to those in prison, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.

Since our founding in the Fall of 2006, WBTP has sent books to thousands of prisoners across WI and in dozens of other states.

Read a recent article about the project here. And an interview with WBTP coordinator Camy Matthay here

How you can help


We meet regularly to respond to letters, verify prisoner contact information, match up requests, package books, organize book drives and fund raisers, plan educational events, and otherwise get the word out. New volunteers are always welcome! Contact us for more details on how to get involved.


We always need books and supplies! The most popular requests are for dictionaries, thesauruses, almanacs, African-American history/literature, Native-American studies, gay & lesbian literature, and languages (particularly Spanish). Other common requests include fiction, vocational-technical manuals, current affairs & politics, anthropology, hobbies, arts, drawing, crafts, psychology, health and fitness. While some prisons accept hardcover and slightly used books, the best donations are new soft covers. Prisons will not accept books that contain any handwriting, margin notes, or highlighting.

You can donate books at Rainbow Bookstore and also the following locations:

Lakeside Press, 1334 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703, 608-255-1800
People's Bookstore, 2122 E. Locust, Milwaukee WI 53211, 414-962-0575
Please let us know if you would like to serve as a drop-off site in your community!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm