books not sent to inmates are offered for sale here to raise money for shipping costs.


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





 
Jan, 2015  

2015 MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 19 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

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




 
   

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.

 
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Nov, 2014  





 
   
Oct, 2014  

help us promote the sale
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Pages for Pennies
Fall Book Sale
- ONE DAY ONLY -


October 25, 2014
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL


HOURS:
Saturday Noon -5pm
Unlike our previous book sales
this is a one day only event. Don't miss
this chance to get some great deals and
support our organization.


$0.50 soft covers, $1 hardbacks




 
   
Sept, 2014  

10 Years & 100,000 Books Celebration

Saturday September 20, 2014 5-7pm

Please join us to celebrate 10 years and 100,000 books.

We could not have reached this milestone without all of our volunteers past and present and we want to celebrate with you. A light dinner will be provided, founding BTP members will be telling origins tales, music will be provided by BTP volunteer librarian Frances Harris' band Don't Ask, and book related prizes will be raffled off.

Don't miss this chance to celebrate with friends old and new..




 
   
Jul, 2014  

Common Ground Food Co-Op
Round Up Month for BTP


July 2014

During the month of July 2014
BTP is the recipient of the Common Ground
Food Co-op Round Up Program.

Support both organizations by shopping at
Common Ground and adding a few dollars
or cents to your purchase to benefit BTP.


Common Ground Food Co-op




 
   
Apr, 2014  

Books to Prisoners Volunteer from UI-7 News on Vimeo.




 
   
Apr, 2014  


Help us Promote this sale

Pages for Pennies
Spring Book Sale


Apr 4th - 6th, 2014
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm*



Get free books & help us promote the sale
by becoming a fan on Facebook


$0.50 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $5)




 
   
Mar, 2014  

Phi Beta Lambda Volunteering with BTP

Members of the Phi Beta Lambda visited Books to Prisoners this month. 
Contact us to learn about hosting a group from your church or community organization.




 
   
Feb, 2014  
International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day

Friday, Feb 14 8am - 5pm

Celebrate International Book Giving day on Friday, Feb 14 by giving a book to a Prisoner.

Below is a list of popular books we can't keep in stock. We invite you to check your book shelves
(or your friends' shelves) for these books or consider purchasing and donating them to our organization. 

Please bring donations to the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL. next to Lincoln Square Mall. When volunteers are not present to receive your donation, books can be placed in the donation bin in our lobby between 8am-5pm on 2/14/14.

1) English as a Second Language books any level
2) Books written in Spanish
3) General books about the legal system and prisoner rights (as opposed to law books)
5) Urban fiction authors such as Omar Tyree, Sister Soujah, Eric Jerome Dickey and Zane
6) "How to" Drawing and Art Instruction
7) Construction / Trades

Thank you for your continued to support




 
   
Nov, 2013  

New Covenant Fellowship Youth Group Volunteering with BTP

Members of the New Covenant Fellowship Youth Group visited Books to Prisoners and learned about prisons while responding to some letters from inmates. Contact us to learn about hosting a group from your church or community organization.