Open Collective
Open Collective

Prison Library Support Network

Fiscal Host: Pact Collective

We are an information-based collective that supports incarcerated people by organizing networks for sharing resources and building capacity for the movement for prison abolition in libraries, archives, and other knowledge-based institutions.


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Financial Contributions

Recurring Donation

Help us keep this project sustainable with a monthly donation of any amount to help us cover costs for stamps, printing, paper, and envelopes.

$444.50 USD of $1,000 USD / month raised (44%)

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$1 USD / month

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One-time contribution
One-Time Donation

Make a one time contribution of any amount to help us cover printing, stamps, and other supply expenses.

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$1 USD

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$25 Donation

$25 can help us buy two sheets of stamps and other supplies.

$25 USD

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$50 Donation

$50 can help us cover the cost of printing supplies or four sheets of stamps.

$50 USD

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$100 Donation

$100 would help us cover ongoing printing and supply expenses.

$100 USD

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$250 Donation

$250 would cover the cost of one month of supplies including stamps, printing, paper, and envelopes.

$250 USD

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Thank you for supporting Prison Library Support Network.



$250 USD



$60 USD

Pact Collective

$4,983 USD


Recurring Donation

$3,210 USD


One-Time Donation

$1,559 USD

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One-Time Donation

$1,000 USD


Recurring Donation

$700 USD


Recurring Donation

$490 USD


Recurring Donation

$330 USD


One-Time Donation

$300 USD


Transparent and open finances.

Today’s balance

$4,549.83 USD

Total raised

$21,947.46 USD

Total disbursed

$17,397.63 USD

Estimated annual budget

$14,797.95 USD


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Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Prison Library Support Network

Updates on our activities and progress.

Urgent: Change To PLSN's Fiscal Sponsorship

Dear PLSN Donors, This message is most urgently for folks who have set up recurring donations to PLSN, but also a larger financial update from our organization. First, we want to thank all of our Prison Library Support Network donors. We kn...
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Published on March 11, 2024 by manuela

A Look Back at 2023 with the Prison Library Support Network

The Prison Library Support Network (PLSN) is an information-based volunteer collective founded in 2015 to support incarcerated people. We are an info...
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Published on December 4, 2023 by manuela


Controlling and restricting information access is a powerful form of violence used by the prison industrial complex. In response, PLSN created a structure for volunteers to remotely answer questions mailed to us by people in facilities around the country with care and expertise. Since the launch of our fully volunteer-powered service in October 2021 we have responded to over 900 questions from incarcerated people. 

Stamps, envelopes, and printing are the biggest expenses for the reference project with costs being covered by volunteers and one-off stamp drives. Recognizing that this model would not be sustainable for the growing number of letters received, PLSN has partnered with the Open Collective Foundation (OCF) to create a space where people can donate on a one-time or reoccurring basis. Your contributions will go directly to buying the supplies we need to respond to the over 200 letters we get every month from incarcerated folks.

Want to learn more about the Reference Project? Reach out to us for more info by emailing [email protected] and visit our in-progress Reference Project site for more info.