May 19, 2022

Full Text Book (Open Access): “Books Beyond Bars: the Transformative Potential Of Prison Libraries”

From an IFLA E-Mail:

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has published the first UNESCO publication on prison libraries, highlighting their contribution to the personal development and education of incarcerated adults and young people.  

Books Beyond Bars: The Transformative Potential of Prison Libraries  (open access) was officially launched during the poster session at the IFLA conference in Athens, Greece, from 24 to 30 August 2019.

This publication examines the critical role that prison libraries play in supporting the mandate of prison authorities around the world to rehabilitate and reintegrate inmates into society. It shows how using a prison library can be a transformative and powerful experience with far-reaching and lasting effects. Books beyond bars highlights examples from selected prison library systems from around the world, demonstrating challenges and best practice, and thus revealing their potential as sources of information, education, culture and recreation.

Direct to Full Text: Books Beyond Bars: The Transformative Potential Of Prison Libraries
50 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.