APBP Suspending Volunteer Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Appalachian Prison Book Project is temporarily closing its doors.

Closed Until Further Notice

APBP’s office is located in the Aull Center, which is owned and managed by the Morgantown Public Library. When they close, we close.

At this time, the Aull Center will be closed to visitors and volunteers alike from Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. We will update this blog post when we are open again.

What This Closure Means for APBP

Now more than ever, incarcerated people need access to books, education, and the outside world.

The board members, committee leaders, coordinators, and work study students who manage APBP operations behind the scenes are preparing a contingency plan so we can continue to receive donations, respond to letters, and send books when possible. Stay tuned for more information.

How the Coronavirus Affects People in Prison

In the meantime, remember that incarcerated people are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus:

Additionally, alongside the ACLU of West Virginia, the American Friends Service Committee, Mountain State Justice, and WV Free, we are calling on our state government to release people incarcerated in jails—who have not been convicted of a crime and who are presumed innocent—during this viral outbreak. Join us in advocating on behalf of jailed West Virginians.


  1. Prisoners are greatly affected by the corona virus. Our city here, they mandate a restriction against visitors and prisoners when they should be apart 1 meter from each other, no books allowed to give and proper sanitation.

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