Our work depends on you.

Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer organization.

Our volunteers range from students to retirees, hail from all parts of Philadelphia, its suburbs and even other states, and come from every walk of life. We’re a lively and eclectic group united for a single worthy cause.

Opportunities range from choosing and sending books to logging letters, driving, rustling up book donations, organizing our library, helping with office tasks, attending events, holding book drives and fundraisers, and much more.

We welcome all people and any skills you may have to offer, whether it’s for an evening or a longer commitment. Join us today!

Join us on Tuesday nights 7:30–9:30 PM or the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM. You will read letters, choose books, and pack them for sending. Our walk-in sessions are 18 and over only. Get directions.


Help us out in the office or from home! Find out more >>


Our work is especially well-suited towards groups. We have hosted church groups, interfaith groups, community groups, students/ classes, and even birthday parties. Bring your group in >>

Help now: post our volunteer flyer

Know others who may be interested? Know a nice community board? You can help us now simply by printing and posting our volunteer flyer (PDF) at your school, workplace, religious center, community hall, local cafe, etc.