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The Virginia Tech Prison Book Project

Students package books for the Virginia Tech Prison Book Project

What is the Virginia Tech Prison Book Project?  We send books to incarcerated readers in Virginia. We believe Virginia Tech’s educational mission extends to Virginians behind bars, and we recognize the value of sharing books as a form of educational justice.  We respond to letters from incarcerated persons requesting books.  We partner with the Appalachian Prison Book Project, Blacksburg Books, VT Engage, and several student organizations.  Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Culture and the Center for Humanities.

We accept donations of new and used paperback books in good condition.  You can purchase and donate books at Blacksburg Books, 401 S. Main St., or bring your own books to one of three drop-off locations:

  • Virginia Tech's Women's Center front porch (206 Washington St.)
  • The Lyric Theatre Lobby (135 College Ave.)
  • Major Williams Hall 107 (collection box in hallway)

Books We Need:

  • Paperback dictionaries and thesauri
  • World almanacs
  • Foreign language learning materials (Spanish, French, Russian, German, American Sign Language, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, etc.)
  • Law or medical dictionaries
  • How-to books (art, music, crafts, yoga, exercise, business, construction, plumbing, etc.)
  • Wicca
  • Popular fiction (spy, mystery, fantasy, Westerns, science fiction, manga, graphic, etc.)
  • Educational books (GED, business, finance, writing, etc.)

Books We Do Not Need:

  • Hardcover books
  • General fiction
  • Magazines or pamphlets
  • Old textbooks
  • Books in very poor condition (badly stained books, books with markings in the text, etc.)

To get involved and for more information, contact:  Brian Britt, bbritt@vt.edu