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.