The Prison Library Support Network is an abolitionist, volunteer-powered collective that aims to share resources and information services with incarcerated people and the library staff who serve correctional facilities in New York. While public libraries offer services to correctional facilities in NYC, they do not circulate their general collections inside jails and prisons. Instead, libraries in jails and prisons circulate books from a much smaller, more limited collection that is in dire need of new or in-demand titles. In the past two years, PLSN's book donation drives at the New York Public Library have added over a thousand in-demand books for the collections circulating Rikers. Our goal is to make sure all New Yorkers have a way to read books that they want to read regardless of interaction with the criminal justice system.
The books on this wishlist have been hand-picked by New York City library workers who provide library service to correctional facilities and shelters that house people who have recently been released. To donate, just add any title from the wishlist to your cart and pay online as usual -- no need to pay for shipping, it's included! Your book(s) will be delivered directly to a public library collection at a jail or shelter in New York City.
Please note—titles must be added to cart from this page in order for free shipping to be enabled; if you'd like to research one of these titles, please open its book page in a new tab and then return to this wish list page to add to cart.
Be sure to click through to pages 2-8 of the wish list for additional requests!
Questions about the books on this list or online ordering? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about PLSN? Visit plsn-nyc.tumblr.com to learn more or send us an email at email@example.com.