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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 2019 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.

Help Us Keep the Knox County Public Library Strong

In a future filled with uncertainties, two things are clear: The Knox County Public Library is essential to the short- and long-term health of our community, and our library will need its Friends more than ever.

As the library’s services and programs evolve to meet future needs, the Friends want to be ready to continue our support of libraries, books, and reading. But our losses during the pandemic have been significant. With the help of past and current Board members and a matching gift from the Knox County Public Library Foundation, our goal is to raise $50,000 by June 30.

While we realize not everyone can contribute to this campaign right now, if you are able, we encourage you to consider making a gift — a gift that will help ensure our library can continue to meet our community’s changing needs. Click on the button below to make an investment in the future of our library and our community.

Eight Knox County Public Library Locations Are Open

Eight of the Knox County Public Library‘s 19 locations  are now open as part of the Phase Two Reopening Plan put forth by the Knox County Health Department. Each of these locations will be on its regular schedule. These locations will provide access for patrons in all areas of the county.

Each library location has been fully sanitized and equipped with plexiglass sneeze shields at service counters. Available seating will be arranged to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. No public computers will be available; however, every location is equipped with Wi-Fi. The Library will isolate all returned materials for 72 hours to ensure the safe handling of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. Storytimes, other programs and meeting room use will be suspended until further notice.  

The locations that have reopened are: 

Reopening Soon

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library will reopen Monday, June 15, with the return of our $5 bag sale. Stock up on new-to-you books at this special semi-annual sale through July 31.

Suspension of Book Donations

We’re grateful for the books you donate to us
at your favorite
Knox County Public Library location, and we love receiving all those purple bags filled with your generous donations. However, we’re presently unable to accept donations. We’re working on a plan and will let you know when we’re ready to receive your gently used books again.  Thanks for understanding, and thanks for your ongoing support of Friends!

Grow With Us as a Member of Friends in 2020!

Grow with us in 2020! 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.