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Correctional Services Program: How to Help


How to Help

Without donations and volunteers, the Correctional Services program would not be nearly as successful as it is. Pease check back, as our needs change over time. 


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 to see what we are looking for. The wishlist is based on actual requests from our regular patrons. Due to some wonderfully abundant donations recently, we are currently accepting donations of only a limited scope of topics, found here: DONATIONS GUIDELINES PAGEYour generosity is greatly appreciated.

We are also always looking for ways to fund additional staff to manage our libraries and programs in jails in prisons. We are a staff of four and rely heavily on volunteers. It would help the program immensely if we were able to hire additional staff from our volunteer corps. If you wish to donate directly to this effort, we can accept checks made out to NYPL CORRECTIONAL SERVICES of any amount.


Each week Correctional Services receives roughly 60 letters from inmates throughout the US requesting information on a variety of topics. The success and credibility of our program depends largely on how well, and how quickly, we answer inmate letters. Inmates from around the country have consistently benefited from the excellent work of our volunteers from Pratt Institute, Queens College, the University of Michigan and the Brooklyn Public Library. We appreciate our strong network of volunteers in helping to sustain this important work.

*We are not currently accepting new volunteer applicants. Please refer to this page for updates on our volunteer needs.

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