Financial Donations

Click the “Donate” button above to be taken to the official website, where you can make a donation to APBP right now! Donations of all sizes are accepted and appreciated. Remember, it only takes a couple dollars to mail a book and make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. Of course, larger donations are always welcome, too!  🙂

Checks can also be mailed to APBP; PO Box 601; Morgantown WV 26507, made out to Appalachian Prison Book Project.

We also welcome financial donations to support our Higher Education in Prison Initiative, which, in partnership with West Virginia University, will support credit-bearing college courses in prison.

Donations are tax-deductible. Scroll down for more information.

Book Donations

APBP only accepts paperback books. We have VERY little storage space, so we have to limit the number and type of books that we accept. We can always use paperback dictionaries. As for other books, we generally can accept:

  • Spanish-English dictionaries
  • law dictionaries
  • westerns
  • GED prep guides
  • books on how to draw or learn music
  • wiccan books
  • popular fiction (spy, mystery, fantasy, urban).

If you mail books, please limit the donation to two medium-size boxes. Use regular post office delivery and not UPS. (UPS won’t deliver to our PO Box.) If you have questions about donations, please contact

Books should NOT be left on the porch of The Aull Center. The Morgantown Public Library has graciously donated a space to us, and that was one of their few requests. They are so good to us, please respect those wishes.

Special Requests

APBP gets a steady stream of requests for particular books that are rarely donated. To help answer these requests, we’ve set up a Wish List so that you can donate a copy of one of these books, and we have two ways to order from the Wish List:

1. Jeanne at Pinocchio’s Books and Toys at 322 High Street has graciously agreed to help us with this. You can go into the store or call her at 304-296-2332 to review the list and order. If you’re not familiar with Pinocchio’s, their website is here:

2. We’ve also set up a Wish List on Amazon, which you can find here:  The books marked Highest and High priority are the ones that we get the most requests for, but we could use more than one copy of all of these.

If you have it shipped to the gift registry address, it will come to me–Dennis (because Amazon won’t deliver to APBP’s P.O. Box), and I will personally guarantee that it gets sent out as soon as we get it.


For IRS letter confirming that your donation is tax-deductible, click picture below. (You may have to zoom in.) Our 501(c)3 number is 45-4090618.


36 responses to “Donate

  1. steve tancin

    Do you accept books? fiction, sci-fi, history, mystery


    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Steve,
      Yes, we do accept all kinds of books! They can be dropped off during our open office hours in Morgantown, or other arrangements may possibly be made if that is not feasible. Please email to inquire as to the hours and let us know what you have. I’m not sure if that email is checked daily, but I’m sure it is checked at least weekly and probably more, so someone should get back to you in good time. Thanks!

  2. wendy desrochers

    I don’t know if you are able to pick books up in Ohio or Pennsylvania, but contact ant Half Price Books nearest you- always eager to donate books for good causes!

    • wendy desrochers

      (oops!- ‘any’ not ‘ant’)

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Wendy! Thanks for the suggestion. Depending upon the location in OH or PA, that may not be a bad idea! I will check it out. Thanks for the suggestion and sorry it took so long to answer your comment–the blog hasn’t been updated in too long! 🙂

  3. solittletime

    Do you accept book donations with labels?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      I don’t see why not! And so sorry it took so long to get back to you. I have just logged into the blog for the first time in too long! 🙂

  4. Sarabande Books in Louisville, KY would love to donate a good grip of books. Where can we send them? Thanks,

  5. Amy Brown

    I would like to donate law books (from law school) for prison use, but I live in knoxville TN. They are too heavy to mail. Do u know of any drop off places? the textbooks are not state-specific (constitutional law, criminal procedure, etc.)

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Amy, I will look into it and see what I can find. Our organization does not have any affiliate in TN but there may be a similar group in the region. Let me check it out and get back to you!

  6. Jessica

    Do you prefer a certain type of book (like educational or self-help), or do you accept others?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Jessica, We accept all types of books. However, it is often more difficult to get hardcover books into the prisons, so softcover is preferred. Thanks for asking!

  7. Kristin Poerschke

    Can I send a check donation to the same name and address to send books?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Kristin. Yes, that P.O. Box would be the same name/address for check donations, as well. Thank you!

  8. Judy hart

    I would like to know if you accept Louie Lamor westerns, J T Edson western books. Paperback. Also Christian books?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hello Judy! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, we can accept those kinds of books–particularly if they’re in paperback, as most prisons will not accept hardback books.

  9. Cat

    I live in Hampton Roads, Virginia and have lots of books to donate. Are there any drop off places near me?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hello Cat, sorry for the late reply. We currently do not have any off-site donation drop off places. Please feel free to contact us with further questions.

  10. Phoebe

    Hi. I want to send books to my pen pal in the Eddyville KY prison, but want to make sure it’s not banned from that particular prison. I cannot find anything on their website as to what is allowed and not allowed. Do you have that info? Thanks!

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hello Phoebe, I apologize for the late reply. Most prisons do not accept hardcover books, but otherwise, rules about what books are accepted are generally unique to the prison. Best of luck, and please feel free to contact us with further questions.

      • Diana Rose Nichols

        Hi, I’ve worked with Indiana women ‘s prisons and they have all donated books go directly to the prison chaplain. Also, much needed are greeting cards of any kind since the chaplains hand out free greeting cards to inmates for instance Mother’s and Fathers Days, Easter, Christmas. Blank ones the inmates can save and use as birthday or sympathy cards.


  11. Do you take any religious books? (Such as Christian books on dealing with anger, communication issues, meaning…) I may also have a few texts books and dictionaries. Please e-mail

  12. Kelsie Paxton

    Hello! I’ll be in Morgantown in a few days. If I’d like to make a book donation, I can just drop off books at the library?? & you accept anything paperback..? Thanks so much!! best way to reach me is through email.

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Kelsie! Sorry about the late reply. Please email us if you’re still interested in donating books.

  13. Greetings and Blessings, is the PO Box to mail books: PO Box 601; Morgantown WV 26507
    Thank you,

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Christine! Yes, the PO Box address you listed is correct. Please email us before mailing books–we have limited storage space in our facility at the moment and can really only accept certain types of books.

  14. Jenny

    I would love to donate books. I find the list on your site interesting in that you list wiccan books as excepted but no other types of religious books. Why is that?

    • Appalachian Prison Book Project

      Hi Jenny! It’s not that we don’t accept other religious texts–we just have plenty in stock to send to people who request them. On the other hand, we often have requests for wiccan books, but we have almost none in stock. That’s why we request them. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  15. Angie

    I have questions about receiving books for the jail I work in. Our library is very limited and our population is growing. I’ve bought books from eBay and asked for help on social media but I would really like to find a way to add more to our library selection. Would you be able to email me and point me in the direction of someone that can assist me?

  16. Samantha

    Hello! Do you accept advance reading copies? I work in a library in Ohio and we get a box of about a dozen paperback ARCs every month or so, but we usually throw them out after six months if none of the library staff takes them home.

  17. Hi, have you considered creating an Amazon wish list in the name of APBP so that people can purchase the books the inmates are requesting to be sent directly to you?

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