About

The Open Door Books collective, based out of QPIRG-Concordia in downtown Montréal, is part of an informal network of Books to Prisoners programs throughout North America.  ODB seeks to support and work in solidarity with imprisoned communities. We believe that prisons and the (in)justice system act as institutions of social control and oppression, further targeting marginalized communities as a result of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and an ongoing history of colonization.

Open Door Books is a collective comprised entirely of volunteers which seeks to provide free reading material and informational resources to prisoners throughout Canada. Unfortunately, the majority of prisons in Canada have a policy of disallowing prisoners from personally receiving books or other “valuables,” thus preventing us from sending to prisoners on an individual basis. As a result, our collective seeks to form relationships with prison librarians in Québec and Ontario in an effort to send boxes of relevant and requested books to the prison libraries.

Problems faced by ODB include unresponsive librarians, prison restrictions on reading material, and the closure of many libraries throughout parts of year, which deprives prisoners of the ability to access books for three to four months at a time. We receive all our books by donation and invite those with books to donate to get in touch!

INFO: bookstoprisoners@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/odbmontreal

 

Le collectif Livres Accés, basé au GRIP-Concordia au centre ville de Montréal, fait partie d’un réseau informel de programmes de livres aux prisonier-ère-s à travers l’Amérique du Nord. Livres Accés est composée entièrement de bénévoles et reçoit ses livres par donation.

Nous croyons que les livres sont une ressource éducationnelle et peuvent changer des vies. Nous cherchons à fournir des livres gratuits aux aux prisonier-ère-s à travers le Canada. Par contre, la majorité des prisons canadiennes ont une politique qui interdissent aux prisonier-ère-s de recevoir des livres ou autres << objets de valeur >>, qui nous empêche de leurs en envoyer individuellement. Donc notre collectif tente de former des liaisons avec les bibliothécaires de prison afin d’envoyer des boîtes de livres pertinents et demandés par les aux prisonier-ère-s aux bibliothèques des prisons.

Les problèmes que font face à notre collectif incluent: les bibliothécaires indifférent-e-s, la restriction des textes par les prisons, et la fermeture de plusieurs bibliothèques pendant l’année qui prive les aux prisonier-ère-s d’accéder des livres de trois à quatre mois à la fois. Si vous désirez devenir bénévole où faire une donation de livres, contactez nous!

INFO: bookstoprisoners@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/odbmontreal


3 Comments on “About”

  1. charli says:

    Hi,

    I just think you are doing an amazing work!!!
    Thank you for your commitment!

  2. […] What’s the cause?, you may ask. Or maybe Hold on. Aren’t prisoners already supplied with books? The collective says it best on their About page: […]


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