Law and recreational Library Services are offered at all institutions, providing inmates with an extensive collection of recreational fiction and non-fiction books, as well as reference reading materials; e.g. selected periodicals, encyclopedias, selected Career Technical Education and college level textbooks, and basic literacy materials recommended by the American Library Association and the American Correctional Association. Additionally, the legal research materials in all of the libraries are offered in digital format and provide meaningful access to the courts in accord with all current court requirements. The libraries also offer materials to support inmate rehabilitation, and include resources on employment, community reentry, and life skills.
Each institution has its own specific library hours of operations.
There are no eligibility requirements.
Any inmate may request access to library services.
Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram
An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need.In-Prison Services
See Technology Solutions for more information.
Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.