Financial donations

You can make a one-time or recurring (“sustainer” level!) tax-deductible online donation by clicking the yellow “Donate” button below:

Donate button linking to PayPal

You can also write a check to:

LGBT Books to Prisoners

and mail it to:

LGBT Books to Prisoners
c/o Social Justice Center Incubator

1202 Williamson St #1
Madison, WI 53703
(If sending books to this address, please read info on book donations below)

Please indicate where we can send your tax receipt if you need one.

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Book donations

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) except for lesbian materials (we have an overflow)
  • Dictionaries and thesauruses (English and foreign language, preferably softcover)
  • Almanacs
  • Drawing or art (preferably how-to)
  • Coloring books
  • Books in Spanish for native speakers
  • Legal primers or other accessible law books
  • GED Prep books
  • African American, Latinx, and Native American history or nonfiction
  • Contemporary fiction (especially urban fiction and new/newish quality crime fiction and thrillers)
  • Mythology, occult, and alternative spirituality books
  • Yoga, stretching, massage, and workout books
  • Business and professional development books
  • Recent editions of textbooks (especially intro texts on economics, finance, or computers)
  • Manga, comics, and graphic novels
  • Sudoku, crossword, and puzzles books

It is more difficult for us to accept:

  • Used-quality hardcover books in genres outside the list above
  • Any books with loose pages, mold, or extensive writing/highlighting
  • Heavy textbooks and outdated educational material
  • Old/outdated fiction including used-condition classics
  • Books with spiral spines
  • Women’s genre fiction, especially if white middle-class women’s interest

We vastly prefer softcover books in good condition (ideally new), but can send hardcover and used books to some prisons. 

Please email us if you’re planning on making a book donation; we’ll provide more information about where to send or drop off the books. 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

Book orders and wish lists

We order out highest need books from A Room of One’s Own (a local Madison bookstore). Support us by sending us an online gift code. Use our email address,, in the recipient field.

We also have wishlists at Amazon.

Sending us a gift code or sending us a new book ensures that we can meet more requests; many prisons only allow new softcover books.

Thank you for thinking of us!