New way to donate: Amazon wish list

Do you love shopping on amazon? Do you find yourself searching for items prices $5-10 in order to get free shipping?


We have an amazon wish list! We will update this list to reflect our request lists and most requested authors and items.

Items can be dropped off at any of our regular donation spots or shipped directly to our PO Box:

Books Beyond Bars
PO Box 33129
Halifax, NS
B3L 4T6


Book requests from May programs

Hi supporters and friends: here are our request lists from our last 2 library programs (May 17th and May 31st). Thank you for your ongoing support! We are still accepting books at Venus Envy, Alteregos Cafe and The Loaded Ladle office.

City of Fallen Angels, City of Heavenly Fire, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince-all by Cassandra Clare
Gone series by Michael Grant: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light,Monster, Villian
Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
Paradise Lost
The Odyssey
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
Made to be Broken by Kelly Armstrong
The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong
Books about becoming an addictions counsellor
Books about becoming an esthetician
Written in Red & Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Scarlet, Cress & Winter: 3 books by Marissa Meyer
The Monster Book of Manga: Draw like the Experts by Estudio Joso & Fernando Casaus
The Dark Side of Life in Victorian Halifax- Judith Fingard
Any books about Borderline Personality Disorder
Books about Auras, and reading people’s auras
Poetry books
Picture books about Falcons (for drawing reference)
Books by or about Maxine Tynes

Note extended application date | Job posting: Prison Programming and Event Coordinator

Books Beyond Bars is seeking a temporary Programming and Event Coordinator based in the Halifax Regional Municipality to assist with our library programs and public outreach.

Books Beyond Bars is a volunteer-run collective based in Halifax that goes into the women’s section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside twice monthly to improve access to books, writing, and literature to incarcerated women.

Since 2005 Books Beyond Bars has and continues to:

  • Distribute books and writing journals in a book exchange program,
  • Collect writing, artwork and poetry for a zine, and now a book, called Words Without Walls,
  • Offer a “Read Aloud” program in which we tape record women inside reading children’s books and then send the book and tape to their children outside,
  • Organize writing and poetry workshops, both at Burnside and the Nova Institute for Women in Truro.

Books Beyond Bars operates with the belief that the prison system is fundamentally flawed. Sending women to prison does not support people in dealing with the issues that led to their incarceration: poverty, abuse, racism, addiction, etc. We visit the women’s prisons in Nova Scotia to break down barriers between women who are caught in an unjust system and those of us on the outside involved with prison justice issues.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with organizing books and other materials in our Library, including re-shelving books, labelling books using our identification system, and tidying the space.
  • Assist with packing books and book requests for our twice monthly library program.
  • Post book requests from incarcerated women to social media, and help to coordinate donations.
  • Work with members of the collective to organize a public event or project in support of Prisoner Justice Day (August 10, 2019).
  • Coordinate planning and logistics for a book sale event including determining a date, coordinating book donations, promoting the sale, and creating a schedule for the day of.
  • Participate in collective meetings, and provide input into programming and decisions.


This position provides an opportunity both to gain experience working with an established prisoner justice collective and undertake more self-directed projects. The ideal candidate for this position will be interested in prisoner justice work and be comfortable working independently.

Experience with event planning and logistics would be considered a major asset.

A valid driver’s licence would be an asset but not required.

People who have previously been incarcerated, or have other experiences in the justice system are encouraged to apply. Books Beyond Bars also encourages people from marginalized communities to apply, including people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour, African Nova Scotian, disabled, two-spirit, queer, trans, or single parents. Applicants can identify in their cover letter.

Funding Requirements

This job is being offered through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applicants must be between 15 and 30.

Term and Compensation

This is an approximately 8 week term position, at $404.25 per week.

How To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to by the updated deadline of June 10, 2019.

Urgent: Books Beyond Bars Needs Your Help!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to move our library from its current space to a new space by Friday, February 8th. This is all very short notice and there will be a huge amount of work involved in this move. In the next 10 days, we need to pack up our entire library and move it to a new space, or an interim temporary storage location. Our library has been in its current space for over a decade and is made up of thousands of books, from popular fiction and non-fiction to local authors and self-published works.


  • We need a new space to house our library. Preferably in peninsular Halifax or central Dartmouth. Ideally this space would be free or low cost to use and available for us to access any time.
  • Sourcing sturdy moving boxes
  • Help with packing and clearly labelling boxes of books at our current location on Gottingen street.
  • Loading, moving, and unloading boxes to our new home or interim storage space

Please be in touch with us via email or send a message to us through our Facebook page: with offers or help or any suggestions regarding a new space to house our library.  THANK YOU!

Requests from November 29 program

There are a lot of women inside right now and everyone is so grateful for your book donations. As always, you can drop your donations off at Venus Envy, Alteregos or the Loaded Ladle. A big thank you to those people, places of worship and organizations who have been mailing us books as well! We so appreciate your support. Also many thanks to Halifax Public Libraries who have been giving us monthly donations of thoughtfully selected books.

Here is our latest list of requests from our bi-weekly library program:

De’Nesha Diamond: Boss Divas, any others by her
Kiki Swanson books
Alyson Noel-Shadowland
P.C. Cast – Sun Warrior
Lucy Hounsom: Firestorm and Heartland
Alice in Wonderland-manga or graphic novel version
Rachel Caine: The Morganville Vampires series (other than the first book)
Lauren Kate-Fallen series
Kelly Armstrong-Darkness Rising trilogy
Taran Matharu-Summoner series
Ellen Schreiber-Vampire series
Gena Showalter-Unravelled
Amanda Hocking- Torn and Ascend
Janet Evanovich-books that aren’t the Stephanie Plum series
John Grisham books
Kelly Armstrong-Forest of Ruin (3rd in the Age of Legends series)
Kelly Armstrong-Darkest Powers series-the Summoning, the Awakening
J.R. Ward-Fallen Angels series
Phillip Pullman-The Subtle Knife
new Danielle Steel -Fall from Grace, Accidental Heroes, The Cast
Kathy Reichs-Temperance Brennan books
Any manga by Tokyopop publisher
comics-Archie, Marvel
books about shapeshifting

Thanks for making our book sale a success!

Thank you to everyone who donated books to our October book sale and bought books during the event. Our grand total was $2384.05, which is enough to cover our core library and Read Aloud program for a year. We are grateful for the support of our community, which allows us to run impactful programming on such a small budget.

Request list from November programs

Hi friends and supporters of BBB–thank you again for your continued support of our programming. It really is appreciated by the women on the inside. Here’s our most recent list of requests which can be dropped off at Venus Envy, AlterEgos, or the Loaded Ladle office in the basement of the Dal SUB.

De’nesha Diamond: “Boss Diva” “Street Divas” “Gangsta Divas” “King Divas”
Kiki Swinson: any titles
Kelly Armstrong: Darkness Rising Series: “The Gathering,” “The Calling,” “The Rising”
Janet Evanovich: # 25 – 28+
Sister Soulja: “A Deeper Love Inside”
George RR Martin: “Game of Thrones” – need just the first book in the series
Stephen King: “Salem’s Lot”
VC Andrews: Flowers in the Attic series – need just first book in the series “Flowers in the Attic” and later books “Heaven” and “Dark Angel”
VC Andrews: The Orphans Series – need “Crystal”, “Brooke” & “Raven”
Nic Sheff: “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”
NEW Danielle Steel (end of 2017 & 2018 books): “The Right Time” “Fairytale” “Fall from Grace” “Accidental Heroes” “The Cast” “The Good Fight” “In His Father’s Footsteps”
Anne Rice: “The Tale of the Body Thief”
JT Leroy: “Sarah”

National Geographic magazines or illustrated books/travel books about Rome and Columbia
Native colouring pages with -Eagles, -Horses, -Cats, -Dogs
Book on how to speak Spanish
Books about addiction (true first-hand stories and recovery books)
Books about nuclear weapons, Chernobyl, nuclear disaster
Books about The Korean War, Vietnam, & North Korea

Previous requests still needed:
Ellen Schreiber: “The Coffin Club”
Estudio Joso and ‎Fernando Casaus – “The Monster Book of Manga”
Christopher Pike: “Thirst #3”
Gena Showalter: “Unraveled”
Sophie Jordan: “Uninvited”
Saundra: “Her Sweetest Revenge”
Meesha Mink: Real Wifeys Series
Shonda Cheekes: any titles

Book sale fundraiser October 24-25th

We are having a book sale to raise funds to support Books Beyond Bars programming!

With the help of our supporters (thank you!) we have received enough donations from this summer’s book drive to be able to have a 2-day book sale in the community booth at Scotia Square mall, Wednesday, Oct 24th and Thurs Oct 25th, 9-5:00 pm.

We will have a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, arranged into sections for easy shopping.

All funds raised from the book sale will be used for programming costs. Thank you for your support!

Requests from October 5

Hey BBB Supporters! Here is the most recent request list for our library. We go in again on October 19th.

Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alter Egos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of the Dal SUB).

Here is our more recent list of requests: 
– Kelley Armstrong: “The Gathering;” “The Calling;” and “The Rising”
– Science Books (biology)
– Books to support writing a GED exam
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gatekeeper Trilogy, 1 & 2
– De’nesha Diamond: Street Divas Series and “Sweet Revenge”
– History books on WW2, Nuclear War, and Nuclear Disasters (Chernobyl, Hiroshima…)
– Books on gladiators
– Books on pirates
– Fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey
– James Paterson: “#1 Suspect,” “Down Under,” “Private India,” and “Private Games”
– Books by Ayn Rule
– Books by Iris Johanson
– Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction centering female characters (Europe 1500-1800s)
– Books with characters who have Bipolar disorder
Stephen King: Carrie, Shining
– P.C. Cast: House of Night Series – “Awakened” #8
– Books on how to draw manga

Requests from September 21

Hello BBB Supporters! Here is the most recent request list for our library. We go in again on October 5th.

Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alter Egos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of the Dal SUB).

As always, donations of non-coil bound journals and notebooks are appreciated and always needed.

Ian C. Ellsmont – Night of Knives (book 1 of Malazan Empire series)
Philip Pullman – Amber Spyglass
CS Lewis – Chronicles of Narnia books 1 & 2
Janet Evonovich – 19, 21, 23, 24
Juliet Madison – Secret Letters Project
Kelley Armstrong – The Gathering; The Calling; The Rising
James Patterson – Private series (Number 1 suspect; Down Under; Private India; Private games; City on Fire), London Bridges; Mary Mary; Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls
Anne Rice – Vampire series: Tale of the Body Theif; Memnoch the Devil; Vampire Armand; Merrick
Stephen King – Carrie
De’nesha Diamond – Sweetest Revenge; (and other recent ones)
Danielle Steel (any)
Jackie Collins (any)

True stories about dogs
Books on Norse Gods, Egyptian Gods
English for Dummies
Guides to studying for GED exams’
Biographies of historical figures
Books about the history of paganism (not wicca practice books)
Books about Chernobyl
Books about nuclear war; history; WW2; Nazi Germany
Books on medieval history