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What to Donate to Correctional Services


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 (Newer 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, etc.

Urban Fiction
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, Tamicka Higgins, Nisa Santiago, Asia Hill, Kiki Swinton, Omar Tyree, Chunichi Knott, Keisha Ervin, Shannon Holmes, Vicki M. Stringer, De'Nesha Diamond, Nako, Carl Weber, Dominique Thomas, Sister Soulja, etc.

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 paranormal 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/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 2016 only
  • National Geographic from 1990-2016
  • Large print popular fiction
  • TASC workbooks
  • 2015/2016 computer books
  • 2015/2016 Almanacs

What's not popular? 

We're so glad you asked! Generally we do not have a need for the following items: Advance Reader Copies, Literary Fiction, Romance, Textbooks, Cozy Mysteries, Children's and Tween, Christian Urban Fiction, and Academic Journals.

Our readers love Genre Fiction. What's the difference between Genre Fiction and Literary Fiction? Find out here!

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.orgBecause 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.