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At Correctional Services, the vast majority of our collection is made up of donated books. We ask interested parties to please visit our regularly updated Amazon Wish List, based on requests from our patrons, to see what we're looking for.

We are currently accepting donations of only a limited scope of topics. We only accept paperback books. We encourage donors to send us newer books in great shape. This ensures they will be attractive on our book carts, especially to new or hesitant readers.

Please read the following list carefully. We only accept donations that meet the guidelines below.

Popular Fiction (New titles only please: 2011+)
James Patterson, Lee Child, Dan Brown, Vince Flynn, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, John Sanford, Stuart Woods, Janet Evanovich, Brad Thor, Iris Johansen, Ken Follett, Lisa Jackson, John Grisham, David Morrell, Sydney Sheldon, Dean Koontz

Urban Lit
Ashley & JaQuavis, Wahida Clark, Deja King, Nikki Turner, Zane, Noire, Teri Woods, Donald Goines, Miasha, Miranda Parker, K'wan, LA Banks, Treasure Hernandez, Jessica Watkins, Nako, Carl Weber, Dominique Thomas, Sister Soulja

Fantasy Series Books
All R. A. Salvatore Series, Wheel of Time series, Games of Thrones series, Stephen King (Dark Tower Series & Witch Wizard Series), Beautiful Creatures Series, Sharrilyn Kennyon, Laurel K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, and supernatural romance

Spanish Fiction & Non-Fiction
Latin American authors and all fiction/non-fiction authors, genres & topics listed here

Other subjects/genres of interest:

  • Paperback English dictionaries
  • Black interest: biography/history/black power movement
  • Black Panthers
  • Body building/ Workouts
  • Natural health
  • Animals
  • Self help
  • Love poems
  • True crime
  • Architecture/Interior design
  • Business/Finance
  • Science/Astronomy
  • Dream Interpretation/Astrology/Tarot/Occult
  • Music industry
  • Biographies: Sports/Music
  • Conspiracy Theories: Illuminati/New World Order/UFO
  • Automotive industry & repair/Motorcycles
  • Islamic spiritual & historical/Muhammad
  • Santeria, Yoruba
  • Chess
  • Popular magazines from 2015
  • National Geographic
  • Large print popular fiction
  • TASC workbooks
  • 2014/2015 computer books
  • 2014/2015 Almanacs

If your books match our needs, we accept donations through the mail or in person at our office in Midtown. Please email a list of your materials, their condition and quantity to Sarah Ball at sarahball@nypl.org. Because of the high volume of requests we receive, we are not able to respond to everyone. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you so much for your support.