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Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

Chip In for Summer Library Club-2 Join the third annual Friends Chip In campaign and help keep the Knox County Public Library’s Summer Library Club going strong, year after year.

Be a part of this year’s campaign to raise $3000 by August 31 to ensure that Summer Library Club can continue to encourage Knox County’s young readers. Your donation can make a difference in their lives!

Family of Earth social media-2Join Friends, Union Ave Books, the Library Society of UT, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Knox County Public Library in a celebration of the publication of Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood, a memoir by the late Wilma Dykeman, on Sunday, September 11, at 3 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center.

Dykeman’s sons, Jim and Dykeman Stokely, will discuss the book and the story behind it. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

The event will be free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted so that Friends can continue to bring similar events to our community in the future.

Please visit our event web page for this special celebration for more information.

13346141_10154179928009035_5056133384445330461_oLooking for a few good books at bargain prices? We can help with that!

  • 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.

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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.