Books for Jails

Support literacy and lifelong learning at LA County Jails by donating lightly used books and materials at your closest library. In partnership with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, we are making it possible for customers to donate their favorite reading material to support inmates’ literacy and educational goals, in addition to their overall mental health and emotional wellness.

What kinds of books to donate

  • Fantasy novels
  • Adventure novels
  • Mystery novels
  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels
  • Spiritual books
  • Poetry
  • Self-help books
  • Books in Spanish

Donation guidelines

  • NO hardcovers – ONLY paperback books
  • NO textbooks
  • NO pornography
  • NO depictions or descriptions on how to commit crimes
  • NO depictions or descriptions on illegal gambling or unlawful lottery
  • MUST be in good condition / shape

How to donate

  • Bring your lightly used books to your closest LA County Library location
  • Inform Library staff that you are donating books to LA County jails
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