Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

It’s National Friends of Libraries Week!

fol-week-procOctober 16–22 is National Friends of Libraries Week. It’s a time to celebrate the work of Friends organizations all over the country. Closer to home, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation designating this week as Friends of Libraries Week in Tennessee, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has proclaimed it Friends of the Knox County Public Library Week.

Friends Week Proclamation 2016Join us in our mission to foster a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area by community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff. Learn more about what we do by exploring our website, following us on social media, subscribing to our e-newsletters, and becoming a member of the Friends family. And if you’re already a member, be sure to renew your membership for 2017.

Friends Book Sales: Your Source for Used Books

Looking for a few good books at bargain prices? We can help with that! And when you shop with Friends, you’re part of a community of support for the Knox County Public Library.

Scary Stuff at RothrockThe Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop, the little book shop with the big bargains, is open year round. Located just inside Lawson McGhee Library, Rothrock has an ever-changing inventory as well as monthly specials. October’s specials are adult mysteries, horror, and fantasy, and a Halloween display in the children’s section.

halls-branch-sale-squareBranches of the Knox County Public Library hold used book sales throughout the year. These sales feature a wide selection of books at the same great prices as our annual sale. Our next Branch Sale is Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at the Halls Branch, 4518 E. Emory Road. Shop 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days.

ubs-2017-save-the-dates-4And mark your 2017 calendars, because the Annual Used Book Sale has been scheduled! We’ll be back at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park April 1–4 with books, books, and more books.

Sign up to receive our e-newsletters and be one of the first to get the latest news about our sales!

Be a Friend!

Join an energetic family that supports outstanding programs and advocates on behalf of the Knox County Public Library year-round.


As a member of Friends, you’ll be a stakeholder in one of Knox County’s longest-standing nonprofit organizations. You’ll also receive two special discounts: 10% off at the East Tennessee History Center’s museum shop, and 20% off one entire purchase at Union Ave Books.

Whether you’re a new Friend or an old one, please join or renew your membership today! Library lovers all over Knox County will thank you!

Register your Kroger Plus Card!

Support Friends of the Knox County Public Library by registering your Kroger Plus Card and choosing Friends as your recipient! You’ll earn points for us with every purchase you make — points that will be converted into dollars of support for Friends. Don’t worry — you’ll still receive your usual Kroger Plus Card discounts. And library lovers in Knox County will thank you for your support!

KrogerCommRewardsIf you haven’t registered your card yet, follow these easy steps to link your card to Friends:

  • Register your card online — create an account, then enter your email, favorite store, and Kroger Plus Card number.
  • At the bottom of your Account Summary, click Enroll under Community Rewards, and either enter our Kroger Non Profit number (65466) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

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Our Mission: Friends of the Knox County Public Library is dedicated to fostering a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area by community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.