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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.

Book Giveaway at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

On September 19 the Friends of the Knox County Public Library will give away books to celebrate the birthday of our hero, Mary Utopia Rothrock (1890–1976).
Every day Friends @ Rothrock, the used book shop in Lawson McGhee Library, pays tribute to the librarian whose leadership influenced libraries throughout the nation in a career that spanned almost 40 years. On her birthday this year, the Friends will honor Knoxville’s First Librarian by bestowing books upon 11 winners.
Hopeful readers can register to win at Rothrock now. On Mary Utopia Rothrock Day, Thursday, September 19, at 4 p.m., winners will be chosen by a drawing.

Book Sales at Branch Libraries and Special Events

We bring books to Knox County neighborhoods at book sales at branch libraries and special events. These sales feature a wide selection of books at the same great prices as our Annual Used Book Sale.

Upcoming Sales

Our book sale flyer has the full schedule of sales through December 2019. Download a copy for yourself or a friend here.

City of Knoxville Suffrage Celebration Seed Fund

The City of Knoxville has allocated $25,000 to support the community in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed a woman’s right to vote. The mission of the Suffrage Seed Fund is to empower the community to celebrate and raise awareness of Tennessee’s pivotal role in the quest for woman suffrage. 

The competitive grant program will focus on educational and arts programming; awards will range from $100 to $5,000. Proposals will be evaluated on educational merit, historical accuracy, and the number of people that will be impacted by the project. 

Proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2019. Please visit the Suffrage Seed Fund web page for more information. 

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.