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 $3.92 to mail a 1-lb. package, $4.67 to mail a 2-lb. package, and $5.42 to mail a 3-lb. package.

With these prices, on average it costs about:

  • $20 to send packages to around 4 people
  • $40 to send packages to around 8 people
  • $60 to send packages to around 13 people
  • $80 to send packages to around 17 people
  • $100 to send packages to around 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


If you would like to donate in someone’s name, we will mail a personalized card to the recipient. After making your donation via check or PayPal, send us an email at with the following information:

  • method of donation (online or postal mail)
  • the recipient’s name and full address
  • if there is a special note you would like included