books not sent to the incarcerated are offered for sale here to raise money for shipping costs.
7 PM to 8:30 PM Tuesdays
2 PM to 3:30 PM Thursdays
2 PM to 3:30 PM Saturdays
The mission of
Urbana-Champaign
Books to Prisoners:

  • to provide books to inmates in Illinois by recycling donated books
  • to facilitate a quality volunteer experience
  • to offer a venue for inmates to tell their own stories
  • to educate ourselves and our community about prisons






 

UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana Illinois based project providing books to Illinois inmates at no cost by mail as well as through two county jail libraries which we operate.

We are a community-powered volunteer organization with a number of easy ways for you to get involved. No experience is required and whether you have an hour a month or would like to volunteer more often, you are invited to to work with us.

Our volunteers interact with inmates by reading their letters, selecting books from our collection of donated materials and sending books to inmates in response to their requests. We also staff the two lending libraries located in the Champaign, IL County jails.  If you would prefer to work behind the scenes, we can also utilize your unique skills managing volunteers, coordinating book donations and fund raising, as well as many other education & outreach as well as technical tasks.

 
Events  
October, 2019

September, 2019

Fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Help raise money by eating at Chipotle on campus!
Please tell them you're eating for UC Books to Prisoners fundraiser.

Monday, September 23, 2019
4 PM - 8 PM
Chipotle Mexican Grill
528 E Green St, Champaign




To RSVP and for more information, go to our Facebook event page

 
January, 2019

Department of Corrections Director Blames Illinois Lawmakers
For Lack Of Spending On Prison Books


Click here to read this story on
ILLINOIS NEWSROOM

Image source: Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media

 
December, 2018


Benefit Show at Brass Rail


We are very happy to promote a benefit show!!
Many thanks to Chris Wassom,
whose band is performing
in Brass Rail, Champaign.

12/8 Saturday at 8 PM

FREE ENTRY, donations go to Books to Prisoners!


To RSVP on Facebook,
please check out the event page and invite your friends/family!
 
November, 2018

Pages for Pennies
Fall Book Sale
- ONE DAY ONLY -

Saturday, November 3, 10 AM - 5 PM
Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana


Hardcovers $2.00, Paperbacks $0.50,
Children's books $0.25 - $1.00


To RSVP and to help us promote the sale,
please check out, invite your friends/family and share our event page on Facebook!




 
September, 2018

Trivia Night Fundraiser at Rafters

Monday, September 10 from 6-9 PM

We are hosting our second
Trivia Night Fundraiser!

Join us for five rounds of trivia
and help us raise funds!

To RSVP and for more information, go to our Facebook event page




 
April, 2018


ILLINOIS PRISON SYSTEM
SPENT LESS THAN $300
ON BOOKS LAST YEAR


Click here to read this story on
ILLINOIS NEWSROOM

Image source: Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom