Library Services

WSD Library Services offer patrons a wide variety of books, reference collections, and materials in support of educational programs, as well as recreational reading. Librarians and clerks operate unit libraries and maintain library inventories. Librarians promote the use of libraries with library orientations, poetry contests, book reports, art contests and essay contests. They also maintain and provide current newspaper and magazine subscriptions at each library. Through partnerships with public libraries, WSD Library Services has reached out to advocate for additional support and resources for those previously incarcerated when returning to their families and communities.

 

WSD - Library Services

 

Library Services has been awarded two $75,000 grants in 2018-2019.

Provides services to:

  • 86 of the 92 TDCJ facilities,
  • all male and female incarcerated individuals
  • manages over 1 million books

 

Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians

To learn more: Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians

 

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Classes
Recreation Programs 
Counseling, Testing and Records
Library Services

 

Success Stories

Success Story Icon NEW - I learned to change my perspective - "It’s the education I learned in Cognitive Intervention class that changed me. I learned to change my perspective."

Success Story IconTo a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student -
"I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."

Success Story IconNEW - Better future after prison - "It's mind-blowing and inspirational to know that you can have a better future after prison"

Success Story IconNEW - They didn’t give up - "It makes me feel really good to know that these guys aren’t giving up just because they’re in prison."

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WSD in Images

Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.

Former Student Survey