Here are answers to some of the most common questions :
Why do books have to be sent through you?
Since Prisoner Express operates out of a library we are allowed to send reading materials to prison. There are strict rules and we're always navigating them, trying to figure out how we can best serve prisoners. Right now bookstore and libraries are a bridge for family members, loved ones, and the public to send materials to prisoners.
Do you accept book donations?
Yes! We thrive on your book donations. This gives us more choices of materials we can send to prisoners who are requesting books. Please drop off your book donations at :
Durland Alternatives Library
130 Anabel Taylor Hall
Cornell University Campus
Ithaca, NY 14853
If you have a large donation, feel free to coordinate with us. We can meet you at the loading dock or possibly arrange pickup.
How do I volunteer?
Check out our Volunteering page on this website to get more specific information about volunteering. In short, we have a variety of opportunities available, both short and long term. We always tailor a volunteer job based on your interests.
Can I volunteer at Prisoner Express for community service?
Yes, we are happy to fulfill any requirements you may have for community service through our program. Simply contact Gary to get started. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our volunteer page.
When are you open?
We're part of the Durland Alternatives Library, so check out alternativeslibrary.org to get more information on open hours and schedule.
Generally (outside of holidays and university breaks) we're open 7 days a week from 11-5pm. We often have extended hours and are open until 8pm on weekdays. Again, check out alternativeslibrary.org for more information.