Open Books

Are you looking to make a difference in your community and in the lives of others? Open Books Bookstore and our Prison Book Project are always on the lookout for new volunteers.  For Open Books, you can be a part of the volunteer group that manages the bookstore every day from Noon-5 p.m. For the Prison Book Project, we pack books on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. If you would like to join our collective and volunteer at Open Books, please contact us (850-453-6774 or email us). Contact us so you can help us make a difference.

Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project, 1040 N Guillemard St, Pensacola FL 32501, 850-453-6774
Photo of Open Books Bookstore in Pensacola, Florida.

We mail books on request to inmates in Florida correctional institutions, and have an open invitation Book Packing every Wednesday night and Sunday morning at the store.  During a typical month, our volunteers pack and mail around 300 packages of books to inmates at a cost of around $900. We welcome your donations of money, time, and clean used books. We always seem to need paperback dictionaries and thesauri. You can donate money to Open Books using the orange DONATE button to the right.

Open Books also hosts a wide variety of cultural events, including lectures, art openings and exhibitions, plays, musical performances, films, poetry and book readings, and neighborhood festivals. All of these activities are open to the public and many are free to the community. Contact us to discuss and schedule your event, and check our calendar for upcoming events. If you are on Facebook, drop by our profile and “Like us.”

Logo for Open Books Bookstore and Prison Book Project, a non-profit used book store located in Pensacola, Florida
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  • Upcoming Events!

    6:00 pm Wednesday Night Book Packing
    Wednesday Night Book Packing
    Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    We pack books to send to prisoners twice a week…Wednesday nights, 6:00-8:00pm…and Sunday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm. Please join us.
    10:00 am $1 or Less Holiday Book Sale
    $1 or Less Holiday Book Sale
    Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm
    It’s once again time to clear out some of our inventory. We will have hundreds of books priced $1.00 or less…fiction and non-fiction of all subject matter. The sale will be on both days, 10:00am–5:00pm.
    10:00 am Sunday Morning Book Packing
    Sunday Morning Book Packing
    Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    We pack books to send to prisoners twice a week…Sunday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm…and Wednesday nights, 6:00-8:00pm. Please join us.

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