Tag Archives: prison libraries

‘Books for Tomorrow’ to ignite humanity for death row inmates

(28 Apr 2019)  The Books for Tomorrow initiative was launched on Tuesday at Jentera Law School, Central Jakarta. The initiative aims to collect books for death row inmates in prisons across Indonesia, including Nusakambangan Penitentiary in Central Java. Data from Amnesty International reveal that there are more than 300 death row inmates in Indonesia, the ninth-highest […]


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Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners

(9 December 2015) ALIA has issued the Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners to provide guidance on the establishment, operation, and evaluation of library services to prisoners in Australia. All people – including prisoners – have a fundamental right to read, learn and access information. Table of contents: 1.       Introduction 2.       Existence and Purpose of Prison […]


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How books are helping often violent prisoners turn into better men

(13 September 2015) Nine men, some of them heavily tattooed and all of them in identical bottle-green, prison-issue sweats sit at a rectangular table in rapt silence. It’s 1.30pm – story time. A volunteer, reads from a typed a4 sheet, carefully pronouncing each syllable. She doesn’t project or exaggerate her inflections; this is not a […]


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WLIC 2015: Do THEY have the right to information?

15 July 2015) The 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa, has a session on library services for patrons who are often forgotten because of their disability or incarceration. The theme:Do THEY have the right to information? Library Services to People Who are Homeless, Incarcerated, or with Mental Difficulties is sponsored by […]


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National Library of Thailand to be made modern with eServices

(18 June 2015, Bangkok)  Minister of Culture Weera Rojpojanarat says the Fine Arts Department is developing facilities and services of the National Library of Thailand and prison libraries nationwide in response to a royal suggestion by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Princess made her points at the 16th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians 2015 […]


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What difference do prison libraries make?

(31 March 2014) British prison rules state that “A library shall be provided in every prison and, subject to any directions of the Secretary of State, every prisoner shall be allowed to have library books and to exchange them”. Jacqueline May, Policy Officer at CILIP, has written a very interesting feature on libraries in British […]


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