Welcome to Book 'Em


Book 'Em is an all-volunteer project of the Thomas Merton Center which sends free books to prisoners in Pennsylvania.  

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people incarcerated in Pennsylvania by providing free access to educational materials, books and resources. Each month, Book’Em serves approximately 160 prisoners across 35 State and Federal prisons, mailing an average of 450 pieces of reading material. 

Since 2000 we have served approximately 33,000 prisoners throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  In 2015, we filled 1,934 individual requests from prisoners.  



Want to learn more about our organization?  We'd love to tell you about it.  

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Get Involved

Volunteers meet the first two Sundays (sometimes the third as well) a month for a packing session.  We take requests from prisoners and send them paperback books for free from our collection.  It's a ton of fun!

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