Donate Funds

NYC Books Through Bars would not exist without the help of people who donate money for postage, which is what the majority of our funds are spent, as we are a group run entirely by volunteers (with a donated space and donated books). We are a 501(c)(3), which means that all donations to Books Through Bars can be tax deductible. You can donate using PayPal or via check at the address below.

We have been told time and time again that we are people’s only source of reading materials, as libraries in prisons are severely underfunded or even nonexistent, and because many people in prison are indigent and do not have funds to purchase materials themselves. We have also been told that whatever we send gets shared between many people, as books in prison are greatly valued.

We send our packages via media-mail. It currently costs $4.63 to mail a 1-lb. package, $5.38 to mail a 2-lb. package, and $6.13 to mail a 3-lb. package.

With these prices, on average it costs about:

  • $20 to send packages to around 3 – 4 people
  • $40 to send packages to around 7 – 8 people
  • $60 to send packages to around 11 – 13 people
  • $80 to send packages to around 14 – 17 people
  • $100 to send packages to around 18 – 22 people


Make checks payable to NYC Books Through Bars, and send to:

NYC Books Through Bars
c/o Freebird Books
123 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231