Volunteer Sessions
No walk-in's. Sign-up by
calling (708)782-4608
7 PM to 9 PM Tuesdays
2 PM to 4 PM Saturdays
2 PM to 4 PM Sundays
Our Mission
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, 2023

2023 MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 16

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

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

Click here to sign up

More information about MLK Day of Service (mlkday.gov)

Click here to see a history of UC Books to Prisoners Events