Thank you for your interest in donating to us. As an all-volunteer, all-donation organization, we depend on your generous support.

There are over 40,000 inmates in Arizona, and we receive book requests daily from the many who reach out to us. Monetary donations keep our mission going—and ensure that yet another door isn’t closed for people in prison. The overwhelming majority of our monetary funds goes toward postage costs, with a small remainder used to cover incidental expenses like our post office box. We also accept Bookmans trade credit to track down prisoners’ harder-to-find requests, and to keep high-demand items like dictionaries on hand.

Checks and cash donations are enormously appreciated and can be mailed to the following address:

Read Between the Bars
c/o Daily Planet Publishing
P.O. Box 44014
Tucson, AZ, 85733

You can also donate via PayPal here:

Support us when you shop!

If you’re an Amazon customer, you can also have 0.5% of your eligible purchases go to Read Between the Bars. Just use this link every time you shop:

And if you’re a Fry’s shopper, you can support us through Fry’s Community Rewards. You can use your Fry’s card to enroll here and support Read Between the Bars (organization number 54969):

We also accept book donations.

If you would like to donate books to RBtB, we accept new and gently used paperback books. We regret that due to mailing costs and Department of Corrections restrictions, we cannot send hardcover books to people in prison. Additionally, the Department of Corrections prohibits books with significant signs of water or other damage, as well as books that contain handwritten notes in their page margins, inside covers, or other areas.

If you live in or visit Tucson, you can also drop off your book donations at the American Friends Service Committee Tucson Office or the University of Arizona Poetry Center. (Please check their websites for current hours.)

Please consider donating books that you have enjoyed or would recommend to a friend. Here are some of our most requested books:

  • Reference books (especially English dictionaries, Spanish-English dictionaries, thesauruses, and almanacs)
  • Books in Spanish / Libros en español
  • History
  • Native American literature (especially indigenous cultures of the Southwest and Mesoamerica)
  • How-to books on drawing, starting a business, and other topics
  • General non-fiction
  • Genre fiction, especially mysteries, thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy, and horror

6 thoughts on “Donate

    1. Hi, Sue. Our program typically works with individuals in detention. To donate to a detention facility itself, I would reach out to the warden or librarian there. Policies vary from facility to facility, so it’s usually best to work directly with them. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Rebecca! If you’re in Tucson you can drop off books at the locations listed above. Otherwise, we also accept books at our P.O. Box above. We can use gently used paperbacks, and there’s no restriction on number or size of packages (though we typically just have one volunteer making runs to the post office, so really large packages may be a bit unwieldy!). Thank you for your interest in donating!

  1. Hello! Sorry for the delay in replying. We are always glad to help inmates in Arizona’s prisons. However, we only take requests directly from the inmates themselves, so that we can be certain that the books we send will not put them over their personal item limits. Your brother is welcome to send us a request for up to three books; he can send it to the address above. Thank you!

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