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Correctional Services


NYPL's Correctional Services serves jails and prisons in the New York City area. The goal of Correctional Services is to offer regular, sustainable, and quality library services to justice-involved people and their families in and around New York. Many incarcerated men and women are avid readers and we witness their great appreciation for library services during every visit. 

NYPL's Correctional Services consists of four staff members and several outstanding volunteers. From May 2013 until April 2014, we have served over 12,400 patrons with our regular circulating book services at our five satellite libraries inside city jails. 

Resources for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Access Connections, an annual guide and directory available to assist people when they are released from incarceration. You'll also find a list of helpful organizations for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Resources for Families With Children

Learn aboout programs that can help guide children through the incarceration of a loved one and promote early childhood literacy.

What to Donate

The vast majority of the Correctional Services book collection is made up of donations. Due to some wonderfully abundant generoisty recently, we are currently only accepting donations that meet a specific set of guidelines.

How to Volunteer

Without volunteers, the Correctional Services program would not be nearly as successful as it is.  We accept new volunteer applicants on a rolling basis. 


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