APAEP Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

Books Behind Bars

We work with 19 different correctional facilities in Alabama to build their libraries through our Books Behind Bars program. To date we have collected more than 22,000 new and gently used books from donors all over the country. These books have made a huge impact on the students in our classes, as well as the general populations in the facilities.

We will accept books that can help our libraries grow in diversity and also better serve our students. Certain genres of books are not acceptable for prison libraries. Take a look at the list below and make sure your donations fall under our guidelines.


  • Contemporary fiction
  • Paperback books
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Basic course textbooks (Basic Math, Economics, and Social Science)
  • GED study materials and practice tests

Not Acceptable:

  • Hard back books
  • Collections of Reader's Digest
  • Religious materials
  • True Crime
  • Romance



Mark through any personal information in books before donating them.

Book donations can be mailed or dropped off at our office. E-mail apaepau@auburn.edu or call 334-844-8946 or 334-844-3240 to make arrangements.

APAEP Books Behind Bars
220 M. White Smith Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

In addition to donations from private individuals, APAEP has been fortunate to receive book donations from a number of publishers and book stores, listed here. Thank you to our supporters!