Prison Book Program

Filed Under: Education
1306 Hancock Street
Suite 100
Quincy, ma 02169
Phone: 617-423-3298

Prison Book Program is a grassroots organization that exists for one purpose- to send free books to incarcerated individuals since 1972. The program sends free books and learning materials to prisoners, including:

  • Basic legal information for incarcerated individuals
  • Dictionaries
  • Fiction and nonfiction books that span genres and subjects
  • Materials toward GED study at times

To request books for a loved one in prison, fill out the Request Form found on the Prison Book Program website (above) and mail it to:

Prison Book Program – Website Request
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

They provide books by mail only. No walk-ins. Volunteers welcome.

Service hours

Only answer the phone during their office hours (Tuesday & Thursday from 6:30-9:00). Otherwise please leave a message and a volunteer will get back to you as soon as their schedule allows.

Other Locations

There are dozens of groups like this one across America. See the website for a list.

Requirements & Restrictions

Does not serve prisons in California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada or Texas. In addition, they are not able to send to many individual prisons due to prison restrictions.

Waiting time
2-3 months

English, Spanish


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 14, 2021


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