books_prisoners1Books To Prisoners (BTP), located in Seattle, Washington, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that was founded in the early 1970s and provides free books to prisoners in the United States. BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities. By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement. BTP receives 600 to 800 requests for books each month. Volunteers work two evenings a week opening letters, finding books in our collection that correspond to the requests, and wrapping and mailing parcels

BTP has three associate organizations: Books to Prisoners – Bellingham, Books To Prisoners – Portland, and Books To Prisoners – Olympia. These support groups assist in answering letters, mailing packages, and soliciting book donations, but they maintain separate finances and financial records. BTP is not associated with any other organizations called Books To Prisoners.

BTP moved to a new location in the Spring of 2008. This location is the first in which BTP has had to pay rent, and brings both joys (being above ground for a change!) and anxieties (paying the rent). BTP received over 9000 requests for books in 2007; this was a record year.

Links to Additional Information

Project Leader Biographies
Books To Prisoners web site

Contact Information

Andy Chan
92 Pike Street Box A, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-442-2013
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