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Professional associations

American Library Association

ASCGLA – Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies

ODLOS – Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL)

Correctional libraries face many of the same issues as rural and small libraries:

  • Solo professional or paraprofessional staff
  • A single library to serve  a diverse patron (education level, literacy, interest, age, ability, etc.)
  • Small budgets

Correctional Education Association (CEA)

American Correctional Association (ACA)

In addition to the national organization, chapters are active in about 25 states. Call 800-222-5646, ext. 0129 to see if a chapter provides local professional activities in your state.


National/international For information and to subscribe, go to For information and to subscribe, go to

For Colorado

Colorado Reentry Resources (CORR)


Print resources


  • Down for the Count: A prison library handbook. Brenda Vogel. Scarecrow Press, 1995. ISBN 0810829274 / 978-0810829275
  • Guidelines for library services to prisoners, 3d ed. (pamphlet), Lehmann & Locke. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 2005. ISBN 9077897070
  • Library Services to the Incarcerated: Applying the public library model in correctional facility libraries. Clark & MacCreaigh. Libraries Unlimited, 2006. ISBN 1591582903 / 978-1591582908
  • Library standards for adult correctional institutions (pamphlet), Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. American Library Association, 1992. ISBN 0838975836
  • The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century. Brenda Vogel. Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 0810854031 / 978-0810854031


Public library partnerships

Partnerships with Correctional Libraries – webinar archive and handouts (from 3/6/2018)

Learn how your public library can form partnerships with nearby correctional libraries. Support your future patrons today!

Parenting from prison

Working in prison – jobs in Colorado


Job openings - from CO-Jobs


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