Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

The Friends 2017 Used Book Sale

The 2017 Used Book Sale returns to the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park April 1–4 with thousands of carefully selected used books at amazingly low prices.

Join Friends or renew your membership today to be among the first to shop on April 1, Members Only Day.

Visit our special Used Book Sale web page for more information, and sign up to receive our e-newsletters for regular updates.

Upcoming Author Events

Anne Lamott (left), and  Doris Kearns Goodwin (right) (Anne Lamott’s photo by Sam Lamott; Doris Kearns Goodwin’s photo by Eric Levin)

Sunday, April 9: An Evening with Anne Lamott, author of Small Victories and Hallelujah Anyway, at  7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street. This event is sold out.

Tuesday, April 25: A Historic Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. This event is sold out.

Branch and Event Book Sales

Book sales at library branches and at 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.