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 But resources like out-of-date law books, university texts and computer manuals are generally not useful.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:

ReferenceNon-FictionFiction
  • Dictionaries
    • English
    • Maori
    • Pacific
      Children's
    • 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
      cooking
  • 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  • Out-of-date text or reference books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


maryanne.marsters@corrections.govt.nz

Prison

Contact name

Email

Phone

Auckland Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Simon Comber

simon.comber@corrections.govt.nz

(09) 442 6676

Mt Eden Corrections Facility

Accepting donations on select subjects - contact the librarian for details.
Zoe Corneliuszoe.cornelius@corrections.govt.nz (09) 374 5350

Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility

Librarian

No email

(09) 250 9564

Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Leah Cooper

leah.cooper@corrections.govt.nz

(07) 826 0200 Ext 97333

Waikeria Prison

Librarian

No email

(07) 872 6700

Tongariro

Lynn Turia

lynn.turia@corrections.govt.nz

(07) 384 7608

Whanganui Prison

Glenda Sommerville

Glenda.sommerville@corrections.govt.nz

(06) 349 2263

Hawke’s Bay Prison

Maryanne Marsters

(06) 872 8000 Ext 77307

Manawatu PrisonGlenda Sommerville

glenda.sommerville@corrections.govt.nz

(06) 349 2263

Rimutaka Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Lori Smaling

lori.smaling@corrections.govt.nz

(04) 529 1699

Arohata (Women's) Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Lori Smaling

lori.smaling@corrections.govt.nz

(04) 231 3088

Christchurch Men’s Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Susan Smith

Judith Wenborn

susan.smith@corrections.govt.nz

judith.wenborn@corrections.govt.nz

(03) 345 6490 Ext 73090

Christchurch Women’s Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Judith Wenborn

judith.wenborn@corrections.govt.nz

 

Rolleston Prison

Unable to accept donations at this time

Susan Smith

susan.smith@corrections.govt.nz

(03) 345 6490 Ext 73284

Otago Corrections Facility

Contact Programmes

No email

(03) 417 9311

Invercargill Prison

Kate Sherriffkate.sherriff@corrections.govt.nz

(03) 211 3452