How to Request Books

Unfortunately, we cannot accept book requests online. Please CLICK HERE for a mailer that you can print out and give to your loved one inside to send to us. They don’t need to use this mailer– they can also just write us a letter.

Please send book requests to our new, improved mailing address:

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners
3157 Gentilly Blvd. #141
New Orleans, LA 70122

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners is a volunteer-run program dedicated to providing free reading material to people who are locked up. We currently serve the following states: Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas. Due to our limited budget and inventory, we can only send one package each month to any single person.

Please note that we are not serving Mississippi at this time. Mississippi is now served by Big House Books, PO Box 55586, Jackson, MS 39296.

You do not need to register with us to receive books. Just write us a letter and tell us what kind of books you would like to read. Please let us know your full name, identification number, and address. We also recommend including this information within the letters themselves in case the envelope is lost or damaged.

Our library is diverse but small, so we may be unable to fulfill specific requests. We will try to select books that match your interests, but we ask that requests also include general types of books or genres. We do not have a catalog of available books.

If possible, list any known mailing restrictions. Differences in mailing regulations across prison systems can result in returned packages.

We cannot currently spare the funds to re-send returned packages, but we encourage you to send us another request after three months.

All of our members are volunteers, so there are times when it will take longer than expected to receive your books. We apologize for the inconvenience and will do our best to improve our response time in the future.

Legal Resource Guide

Unfortunately, we cannot provide legal materials or assistance. For a copy of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook, published by the Center for Constitutional Rights and National Lawyer’s Guild, send $2.00 in checks, money orders, or stamps to:

National Lawyers Guild
132 Nassau Street, Rm 922
New York, NY 10038

For those in Louisiana only, please direct your letters and requests to the Tulane University Law Library:
Tulane University Law Library
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118-6231

The staff will assist as their time and resources permit. You may request photocopies or information on procedures, laws or cases from the Law Library.  It is  important that requests be specific.  Include case numbers, docket numbers, and articles within the codes or laws that you are interested in.

Requests are limited to one per month and a maximum of 50 pages.  Staff may reject or discard requests that are too general.