We accept financial and book donations


You can make a one-time tax-deductible online donation by clicking the yellow “Donate” button below.


You can also write a check to:

LGBT Books to Prisoners

and mail it to:

LGBT Books to Prisoners c/o Julia Dauer,
302 Norris Court, Apt. 7
Madison, WI 53703 (Please do not send books to this address, more info on book donations below)

Please indicate where we can send your tax receipt.

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We are happy to receive book donations in specific categories. We’re particularly looking for:

  • LGBTQ materials (especially trans, gay and bi materials, non-fiction and fiction alike)
  • Dictionaries (English, preferably softcover)
  • Almanacs
  • Drawing or art (preferably how-to)
  • Books in Spanish for native speakers
  • African American, Latin@, and Native American history or non-fiction
  • Contemporary fiction (especially urban fiction, crime fiction and thrillers)
  • Mythology, occult, and alternative spirituality books
  • Recent editions of textbooks

We vastly prefer softcover books in good condition (ideally new), but can send hardcover and used books to some prisons. It’s helpful for us to know ahead of time if you’re planning on making a donation. Email us at to make arrangements.

Please note that we are unable to pay for postage to receive books from outside the Madison area. We are a small organization with limited funds, which we use almost exclusively to mail packages to people in prison. If you are unable to pay for shipping or have books to donate that do not match our needs, we suggest that you consider contacting another similar project. Please also consider making a financial contribution to our project, as our generous donors truly make our work possible!


We have wish lists at a Room of One’s Own (a local Madison bookstore) and at Amazon. Buying a book from one of these lists ensures that we get new copies of what we most need (which is especially important because some prisons do not allow used books).