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Donation Information

Want to make a donation?

We gratefully accept cash donations and books in support of the libraries and various programs. For more information, please contact us at

Guidelines for donations:

We gratefully accept monetary donations to put toward book purchases for the library as well as the Storybook Project. Please make cheques payable to the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) and add “GELA Prison Library & Reintegrate Project” to the memo field.

Please note that GELA is not a registered charity and cannot issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes.

If you would like to purchase new books for the library or the Storybook Project, you can visit our wish lists on ( and have your gift sent directly to us. If you prefer to buy from local bookstores, you may use our wishlists as a guide. Contact for more information.

Used book donations:

Although we appreciate the generosity behind all book donations, we can only accept material that is in good condition and is either (a) fulfilling a specific request, or (b) recently published. The Edmonton Institution for Women library space is small and we have to be careful about how we fill it!

We can’t use books in poor condition, old magazines, or outdated textbooks. If you are looking for a place to donate this type of material, check out Edmonton Public Library’s book donations page. For information on recycling books, see the City of Edmonton’s reuse directory.

Requests come to the committee via committee members visiting the prison, the inmate librarian, and users of the library.

Requests by topic:
  • Aboriginal fiction and poetry
  • Artist profiles/biographies
  • Beading: embroidery, jewelry, Aboriginal arts, traditional
  • Books on CD (bestsellers)
  • Book of quotations
  • Crafts
  • Drawing/painting (How To)
  • Native cookbooks
  • Cookbooks for simple home cooking (ex. Hutterite recipes)
  • Self-care: nutrition, fitness, yoga, addiction recovery
  • Traditional Aboriginal medicine
  • Current High School- Chemistry, Physics, Biology text books
  • GED preparation
  • Rock ‘n roll biographies
  • Astrology
  • Dream dictionary
  • Palm reading
  • Language–especially Cree
  • Writing handbooks
  • Grant and bursary writing guides
  • Legal education in plain language (i.e. family law)
  • Maternity care
Requests by genre:
  • Young adult fiction
  • True crime (recently published)
  • Fantasy (werewolves, vampires, etc)
  • Historical romance
  • “Shades of Grey”
  • Political fiction
  • Books made into movies
  • Autobiography
  • Magazines (People, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Hello, etc)
  • Movie soundtracks
  • Aboriginal music
  • Publisher catalogues
  • Comic books and graphic novels

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