Support the USPS!
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is essential to Liberation Library’s work. Every month, we utilize USPS’s services to ship our boxes of books to incarcerated youth in a cost-effective way, and will even receive individual requests for books mailed to us through USPS.
While incarcerated young people use the USPS frequently, they have to use their own money to mail letters. And with COVID restricting in-person visits, communication with friends and family is more essential than ever.
In order to support the USPS and our readers, we are asking for donations of sheets of stamps, so that we can give them to young people incarcerated across Illinois.
Donations can be mailed to our offices:
c/o In These Times
2040 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Support our local bookstore partners
We pride ourselves on providing youth participants with the books of their choice. This requires that we maintain a fairly large inventory. Please help us to keep our most requested books in stock by donating to our local bookstore partners.
❗️We are currently not accepting any book donations.❗️
While we appreciate our supporter’s generosity, our inventory space is limited, and we need to prioritize the books that are frequently requested by our readers.
Liberation Library’s mission is to send incarcerated young people books of their choosing. It's important for us to honor their book requests, since they are trapped in a system that offers few opportunities for self-determination and choice. Our book catalogue is created with and for the young people we serve, and the books are theirs to take home with them after they are released.
We value our supporters’ enthusiasm to contribute to our mission, and we hope to offer new ways to get involved as we figure out what our operations will look like post-pandemic. While we develop new avenues of engagement, you can still help sustain our work and support incarcerated people by signing up to be a penpal or donating stamps for readers to send their own letters.
We recommend reading this Book Riot article before donating used books to other organizations.