Welcome to the Haven Distribution Website

1996 - 2016 Twenty years of sending books to prisoners

Supplying books to prisoners since 1996

Haven Distribution is pleased to have developed ongoing partnerships with Pluto Press, Sage, New Left Review & Verso publishers in supplying free books to prisoners in the UK. Haven has been sending books to prisoners since 1996 and despite restrictions on sending free books to prisoners, as a charity set up for this purpose we shall remain committed to do so. We are looking forward to working with Pluto Press, Sage, NLR & Verso on giving prisoners new and interesting books to read.

Haven Distribution aims to provide practical support to prisoners within the UK by:

  • Purchasing educational literature for inmates who are currently attending courses whilst in prison;
  • Providing dictionaries in English and other languages to inmates whose first language is not English;
  • Providing large print dictionaries and books on improving reading and writing skills to inmates with dyslexia;

If you are a prisoner attending an educational course such as NVQ, Open University, A Level, etc., and would like help in purchasing specific course literature, we may be able to help.

Haven Distribution will purchase books for prisoners' courses to a maximum of £20 per person, per calendar year. We encourage prisoners to leave the books in the prison library once the course is finished so that other prisoners can use them.

Haven also provides prisoners a free catalogue of donated books from publishers, and books that are bought cheaply from remainder bookshops. These books range from Social Sciences such as Philosophy and Criminology, to Black Interest and political science, plus some fiction and graphic novels.

If you would like an application form, please download it here, or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to us at the address above. Due to limited resources, Haven Distribution is unable to help with the purchase of books for general reading. Please speak to the prison librarian for more information about ordering non-educational books.

Read more about our work in our 2015 annual report (PDF format).

27 Old Gloucester St
Email: Haven email
Image kindly provided by Clifford Harper

"Thank you very much for the books you purchased on my behalf ... keep up the good work because books are the keys that open the gates of knowledge"
- AM, HMP Mount

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