About Literacy Tutoring in the Alameda County Jails

Since 1989, the Alameda County Library has provided one-to-one and small group literacy instruction to English-speaking Alameda County inmates who read and write below the 8th grade level.  The Alameda County Library also provides library service to inmates in the county jails.

These programs are a part of the Library’s commitment to “access to books, information and services that promote learning and enjoyment for everyone.” (Alameda County Library Mission Statement)


Although some funding for the Jail Tutoring Program comes from state and local monies, the majority of our funding comes from inmates themselves.

Each time an inmate buys a candy bar or makes a phone call, a portion of the proceeds goes into a fund to pay for programs like ours.

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