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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.

Learn more about who we are and what we do:

  • Download a copy of our July 2018 Annual Report here.
  • Read the latest issue of Friends ❤️ KCPL, our monthly e-newsletter, here.
  • Subscribe to our e-newsletters to stay up to date on what’s going on with Friends.

2019 Used Book Sale

WHO: Friends of the Knox County Public Library

WHAT: Thousands of carefully selected used books and much more for sale at amazingly low prices

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, through Tuesday, April 2

WHERE: The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, 37914 (easy access with ample free parking!)

WHY: To support the Knox County Public Library

For more information about this year’s big sale, please visit our 2019 Used Book Sale page.  

Holy Envy with Barbara Brown Taylor

New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor will be in Knoxville on Monday, April 8, to discuss her latest book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, as the guest of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Knoxville and Union Ave Books. The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the church, is part of the church’s Pettway Lecture Series. Taylor will be joined in conversation by Dr. William Pender, the church’s senior pastor.

Friends is joining First Presbyterian Church and Union Ave Books as a sponsor of this event.

Tickets for Taylor’s appearance are $30 each and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.

Book Sales at Branch Libraries

We bring books to Knox County neighborhoods at book sales at branch libraries. These sales feature a wide selection of books at the same great prices as our Annual Used Book Sale.

Upcoming Sales

Download a copy of our Spring and Summer 2019 book sale poster here

Step Up for Your Library!

Step up for your library in 2019! 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.

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!

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 Nonprofit Organization number (HA962) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.