Donating books

We are always grateful for the support of the community in the form of donations of books for our prison libraries.

Books we need

There are certain kinds of books we always need, and others that usually aren’t particularly useful to us. For example, we always need dictionaries, thesauruses and atlases. But resources like out-of-date law books, university texts and computer manuals are generally not useful.

What we need most are paperback books which are new or in very good condition (no falling out pages, extensive underlining, stained/yellowing pages or dirty/dusty books) in the following categories:

  • Dictionaries
    • English
    • Maori
    • Pacific
    • Illustrated
  • Thesauri
  • Atlases
  • Te Reo Resources - subject and language
  • Pasifika Resources - subject and language
  • Textbooks - NCEA - Levels 1,2,3, all subjects
  • Easy Readers
  • Science
  • General Health
  • Manuals and 'How To' books
    • trades - woodwork
    • automotive, building and renovation
    • plumbing
    • gardening
    • car mechanics
    • carpentry, electrics
    • business; small business and accounting, marketing, law - personal-finance, law
  • Creative Arts - visual arts & music
    • learning To Do - Drawing, painting, sculpting, photography
    • learn to play - piano, guitar, drums, ukulele
  • Social Sciences
    • Psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, economics, history
    • Maori history
    • New Zealand history
    • spirituality & religion
  • Self-Help
    • Addiction And Recovery
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Family Dynamics - dealing with teens/young children
  • True adventure & biographies
  • Travel
  • Adult Fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Children's fiction
  • Mystery/thriller/suspense
  • Westerns
  • Romance
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy/paranormal
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Graphic novels/manga

Before donating books, please make sure any personal information is removed (for example names and addresses). Also check for photos, letters or other personal items.

Books which are not appropriate

  • Out-of-date text or reference books
  • Ex-library books
  • Any books that are very old or in poor condition
  • Books about weapons, fighting, making alcohol etc.

How to get books to us

Books can be dropped off by arrangement. Please contact one of our librarians or library assistants for details (see below).

If you have books you wish to donate, but getting them to us is difficult, we might be able to help.

Key contacts


Contact name



Auckland Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Simon Comber

(09) 442 6676

Mt Eden Corrections Facility

Accepting donations on select subjects - contact the librarian for details.
Zoe Cornelius  (09) 374 5350

Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility


No email

(09) 250 9564

Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Leah Cooper

(07) 826 0200 Ext 97333

Waikeria Prison


No email

(07) 872 6700


Lynn Turia

(07) 384 7608

Whanganui Prison

Glenda Sommerville

(06) 349 2263

Hawke’s Bay Prison

Maryanne Marsters

(06) 872 8000 Ext 77307

Manawatu Prison Glenda Sommerville

(06) 349 2263

Rimutaka Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Lori Smaling

(04) 529 1699

Arohata (Women's) Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Lori Smaling

(04) 231 3088

Christchurch Men’s Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Susan Smith

Judith Wenborn

(03) 345 6490 Ext 73090

Christchurch Women’s Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Leah Coleman

(03)  344 6869

Rolleston Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Susan Smith

(03) 345 6490 Ext 73284

Otago Corrections Facility

Contact Programmes

No email

(03) 417 9311

Invercargill Prison

Kate Sherriff

(03) 211 3452