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Location & Hours

Tucked away on the corner of Highway 12 under the wise live oaks and shaded cedar trees of Ocracoke Island you'll find a quaint 1898 cottage now known as Books to be Red. Books to be Red is Ocracoke's only full-service independent bookstore offering a delightful variety of used, new, regional and children's books, as well as handcrafted items and unique gifts. Like a good book, our shop is a place where you can slow down, relax and get lost in all of the treasures around you. 

Inside Books to be Red you will find our charming gift shop Deepwater Pottery that features local pottery, handcrafted jewelry, candles, and other gift options.  

Whether you're visiting the shop for the first time or keeping to a long-time tradition, your trip to Ocracoke won’t be complete without a stop by Books to be Red and Deepwater Pottery.