Prison libraries

CILIP believes that prisoner rehabilitation makes social and economic sense. Prison libraries and prison library staff play a key part in this by helping to improve prisoner literacy skills, encouraging a love of reading for pleasure and improving basic online skills.

  • About prison libraries

    The strength of prison libraries and professional library staff is that the prison library offers a neutral and non-judgemental environment for prisoners, outside the formal education and learning provision within the prison. 

    Ministry of Justice Review of Education in Prisons

    CILIP responded to the Ministry of Justice Review of Education in Prisons. The consultation was in the form of a survey. Our key points: