Books Through Bars

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site continues its partnership with Books Through Bars by collecting book donations for US prisoners this winter. From December 5 – 7, anyone who donates a new or used book at Eastern State Penitentiary will be granted free admission. From December 8 - January 2, anyone who donates will get a free photo magnet. Limit one per person.

The donation box will be available through January 2.

Books Through Bars


Books They Need:

  • For all books, paperbacks are preferred!
  • Dictionaries
  • GED and ESL study guides
  • High school textbooks (all subjects)
  • College textbooks (intro level)
  • African and African American history and fiction
  • Mexican and Puerto Rican history and fiction
  • Books in Spanish
  • Drug and alcohol addiction recovery
  • Spirituality, yoga and meditation


Books They Don't Need

  • Fiction in hardback
  • Out-of-date texts or reference books
  • Any books that are very old or in poor condition


Books Through Bars
Books Through Bars believes a society of social and economic inequality leads to a cycle of crime and incarceration. The organization works to reverse the dehumanizing effects excessive punishment inflicts upon individuals, families and communities. Books through Bars sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system, thereby educating those living inside and outside of prison walls. For more information, visit