Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

Summer Library Club

At the Knox County Public Library, summer reading is for everyone, from preschoolers to adults!

The Summer Library Club for children rewards young listeners and readers for reaching their reading goals. Sign your children up here or at your neighborhood branch library.

Teens (ages 12–17) have their own program and rewards. Sign up for Teen Summer Reading online or at your favorite branch.

Adults (ages 18+) can make reading a priority this summer, too. Check out the Adult Reading Challenge online or at your library.

And don’t miss this year’s new Passport Program as well as the always-amazing library programs featuring Zoo Knoxville’s ZooMobile, Dr. Al Hazari, Magician Michael Messing, and much more.

Reading changes lives. Expand your world this summer through KCPL’s Summer Library Clubs!

The $1111 Chip-In Challenge

Join the Friends of the Knox County Public Library’s Summer Library Club $1111 Chip-in Challenge and help us reach this year’s goal of $3,000 for Summer Library Club support.

The first $1111 in donations will be matched by a generous donation from a few of our Friends. Chip in by July 31, 2017, and your tax-deductible donation — in any amount — will help keep the Knox County Public Library’s Summer Library Club going strong.

Donate online or mail your gift to Friends of the Knox County Public Library, 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902. Parents and teachers all over Knox County will thank you for keeping kids engaged in reading and avoiding summer slide.

Did You Know?

As part of its community outreach mission, Friends of the Knox County Public Library works with area agencies to provide books and materials for underserved populations in Knox County.

Learn more about the Books in the Community program here.

 Branch and Special Used Book Sales

Book sales at library branches and special events offer shoppers easy access to great used books at affordable prices.

Upcoming Sales

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

phyllisshopperThe 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. Visit our Rothrock page for the latest information about special sales and hours.

Your Friendship Matters!

Be a Friend in 2017! 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.

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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.