Prison Book Program

Filed Under: Other Groups
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

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

Service hours

Phone volunteers: Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9pm. Occasional Saturdays. Please leave a message if your call is not answered. A volunteer with get back to you as soon as they can. See our website for details.

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, program is 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 February 5, 2019