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Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_180x200What’s cooler than being cool? Snoopy — author, actor, and rooftop philosopher — knows the answer: having a library card!

Numerous studies have shown the importance of sharing the joy of reading with children. So spread the news that September is Library Card Sign-up Month and encourage your friends and family to sign up for a library card!

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week FBCatcher in the Rye … Of Mice and Men … Harry Potter …. What’s your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it.

Free people read freely. Celebrate your freedom to read and your right to choose what you read with a visit to any Knox County Public Library location during Banned Books Week, September 26–October 1.

Friends Book Sales: Your Source for Used Books

13346141_10154179928009035_5056133384445330461_oLooking 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.

The 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.

Branches of the Knox County Public Library hold used book sales throughout the year. Our next Branch Sale is September 30 and October 1 at the Farragut Branch.

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.

Stay up to date on what’s going on with Friends. Sign up to receive our e-newsletters.

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.