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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.

Faces of KCPL

The most important asset of any library goes home at night — the library staff.
— Timothy Healy

Home Cookin’ with Rick Bragg

Join Friends, Union Ave Books, and the Knox County Public Library for an evening with Rick Bragg on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist, and author of two best-selling memoirs and numerous other books, will talk about his most recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Southern Table, with Ronni Lundy, the author of Victuals.

Tickets for the event are $30 each and include a copy of The Best Cook in the World. Learn more about the event here, and use the link below to purchase your tickets:

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

Take a Bow!

Thanks for everything you did to make the 2019 Used Book Sale a rousing success! 

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.