About Us

Founded in 1973, Friends of West Florida Public Library is a nonprofit, community membership organization supporting our public library for more than 40 years. The Friends is an active group of local citizens who strengthen the county’s public library system through library advocacy, creative learning, and literacy support. Our mission is to advocate for literacy and learning in the community and the West Florida Public Library by expanding resources and fostering their availability.


Non-Discrimination Policy

The Friends of West Florida Public Library, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis  of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry),  disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or  operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, the appointment to and termination  from its Board of Directors, hiring and firing of staff or contractors, selection of volunteers,  selection of vendors, and providing of services. 

-Adopted January 10, 2022

Leadership

The Friends of WFPL is governed by a board of directors. Each board member is elected by the membership at the annual meeting and serves a two year term. A board member may be eligible to renew their term upon approval for a maximum of six years. Members also elect an executive board made up of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.

Board of Directors

David Bryant

Elisabeth Buswell

Ann Kelly

Mary Mabins

Sandra Reed

Joe Vinson

Linda Williams

Kathy McCarten (Liaison with Volunteers)

Executive Board

Mary Mabins, President

Linda Williams, Vice President

Sandra Reed, Secretary

David Bryant, Treasurer


Initiatives

The Friends support a wide variety of projects at our libraries. Each year, the Friends provide major funding to support the WFPL Summer Reading Program, during which nearly 3,000 kids read over the summer, attend fun and informative programs, and have the chance to win an awesome assortment of prizes.

A sample of our recent projects include:


The Big Read
A county-wide reading program designed to encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Our program featured Tim O’Brien’s award winning novel The Things They Carried.


The Way We Worked

A Smithsonian Traveling exhibition The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explored how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.


Children’s Reading Room Technology
Funded through an Impact 100 grant, the Friends initiated renovations, computers, and family reading programs for a children’s reading room and literacy center in an impoverished area of Escambia County.


Exploring Pensacola History
Partially funded through the Florida Humanities Council, the Friends supported a series of lectures and programs that highlighted the rich and diverse history of Pensacola and our surrounding community.


Libraries

  • Pensacola Main Library

    Hours
    Monday–Thursday: 10 am–8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
    Sunday (September–May): 12 pm–4 pm

    Location
    239 North Spring Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    (850) 436-5060

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  • Tryon Branch

    Hours
    Monday–Thursday: 10 am–8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    1200 Langley Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 471-6980

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  • Southwest Branch

    Hours
    Monday–Thursday: 10 am–8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, FL 32507
    (850) 453-7780

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  • Molino Branch

    Hours
    Monday–Thursday: 10 am–8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    6450 Highway 95A, Pensacola, FL 32577
    (850) 435-1760

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  • Westside Branch

    Hours
    Monday–Thursday: 10 am–8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    1580 West Cervantes Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
    (850) 595-1047

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  • Genealogy Branch

    Hours
    Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    5740 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 494-7373

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  • Century Branch

    Hours
    Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday: 12 pm-8 pm
    Wednesday: 10 am-6 pm
    Thursday: 12 pm-8 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Location
    7991 North Century Boulevard, Century, FL 32535
    (850) 256-6217

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