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Jails Services


Alameda County Library provides library service and literacy/life skills instruction to the more than 4,000 men and women held in County jails. Over 75% of the materials circulated each year are donated by members of the community. Bestsellers, westerns, poetry, African-American fiction and non-fiction as well as books focused on self-help and recovery are all very popular.

We bring in paperbacks only; no hardbacks are allowed.

If you have paperbacks or recent issues of popular magazines in good condition that you would like to donate please phone 510-745-1485.

Inmate Literacy