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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 2020 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.
  • Take a quick look at what the Friends have been up to in the slideshow presented at our Annual Meeting on July 20, 2020:

50 Years of Library Love

Since our first meeting at Church Street United Methodist Church on September 29, 1970, the Friends of the Knox County Public Library have been dedicated to finding ways to demonstrate our love for libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area through community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we presented a check for $50,000 — $1,000 for each year of our existence — to our library on September 30, 2020. The library will use our gift to add some 850 ebooks and audiobooks to its collection. Visit our special anniversary web page to view a video of the presentation as well as other videos, including a series of tributes from the library.

As we look ahead to our next 50 years, one thing is clear: Our library needs us more than ever. With your help, we can continue to support our library as it evolves to meet the changing needs of our community.

Be Among Friends in 2021!

When you’re a Friend of the Knox County Public Library, you are among friends — friends who are part of a community that loves and supports our library and acknowledges its value as a center of excellence in an informed society.

As a member of Friends, you’ll be part of a tradition of library love and support that began in 1970.

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

Open for Business: The Friends of KCPL’s Online Bookstore

Visit our online bookstore to shop for grab bags filled with books in your favorite genres!

Orders can be picked up at one of four KCPL locations:

  • Burlington Branch: Saturdays from 1–5 p.m.
  • Cedar Bluff Branch: Thursdays from 3–7 p.m.
  • Halls Branch: Thursdays from 3–7 p.m.
  • Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library: Monday–Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Be sure to choose your location when you place your order.

When it’s time to pick up your order, pease park and come into the library. A Friends volunteer will be waiting in the vestibule with your books. Face masks are required inside the building.

Thank you for your patience as you wait for your order. A Friends volunteer will be carefully curating your grab bag!

Shop at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library is now open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The monthly specials for December are Christmas fiction for children and adults, cookbooks, and craft books.  

The following procedures for shopping at Rothrock will continue:

  • To maintain appropriate physical distancing, shopping will be limited to one household at a time. Other shoppers should wait in the area outside of the store. 
  • Rothrock volunteers will wear masks and gloves. To comply with the Knox County Board of Health Regulation #2020-1, all shoppers must wear face coverings inside the shop except for children 12 years old and younger and people with relevant medical conditions. 
  • While customers are in the store, volunteers will stay behind the plexiglass shield at the checkout desk.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the front of the store, and customers will be asked to use some before shopping.
  • Volunteers will sanitize the checkout desk and any shared items at the beginning of each shift.
  • Customers can pay by cash, check, or credit card as usual; a $5 minimum is required for check and credit.

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!

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.