books not sent to the incarcerated are offered for sale here to raise money for shipping costs.
Volunteer Sessions
(No walk-in's - sign-up by
calling (708) 782-4608)
The mission of Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners is to provide free books to people incarcerated in Illinois and to promote education about incarceration and prisons.


UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana Illinois based project providing books to incarcerated individuals in Illinois 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 the incarcerated by reading their letters, selecting books from our collection of donated materials and sending books 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.

January, 2020

2020 MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 20 from 1-3 PM

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
will hold an open public volunteer session.

Join us in honoring the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn More about this local opportunity

RSVP on our Facebook event page

More information about MLK Day of Service (

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

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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

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


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Image source: Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom