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.


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

Ann Kelly, elected to the board in 2016, is a lifelong lover of libraries. She believes that libraries are one of the most important assets of a vibrant community and wants to make sure that the West Florida Public Libraries have the highest level of support possible.


Linda Williams was elected to the board in 2010, and is a former president. She currently is the Chair of Book Sales and believes that libraries add value to our communities and serve as a cultural center for our patrons.
Executive Board

Mike Lane was elected in 2015, and installed as president in 2017. Mike grew up in libraries, and began his library career as a summer volunteer at the library. He is a former employee of the West Florida Public Libraries and continued his passion by serving with the Friends.

Sandra Reed was elected to our board in in 2015, and was installed as vice-president in 2016. Sandra, a longtime member of West Florida Public Libraries, is passionate about promoting literacy in our community, especially for children.

David Bryant was elected as treasurer in 2013. David is an ardent supporter of libraries and the role that reading & libraries play in the success of individuals & the community.

Claudine Kriss was elected to our Board in 2008, and is a former president. She currently serves in the role of secretary. With reading being her favorite pastime, she says, I am my own best customer when I volunteer at the Friends’ bookstore!


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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