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Old 04-27-2017, 08:51 PM
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Default Looking for info about Prison Libraries and Book Donations

Hi, I am a journalist working on an assignment about prison libraries and book donation programs. If anyone here on the forum has used the Prison Book program or another similar service, please contact me! I'd love to hear about your experience.
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Hi there I have given your own thread for your request. I am postyingour disclaimer which is standard for all journalist requests. I hope you find the information you need.

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As far as prison libraries go, I can tell you about Washington State.

The libraries are not run by the Department of Corrections. The state government has a little department that runs state libraries in state facilities. That also includes state hospitals.

They accept donations from individuals including used books and hardcover books. Some of them even have Amazon wish lists. I've exchanged email with one librarian.

I don't know about collection sizes or other things you would need for your assignment. You could look for contact information at the Secretary of State website, sos.wa.gov.
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