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Empty Stocking Fund Book Drive Saturday

uab-webb-esfShare the joy of reading!

Union Ave Books and Webb School of Knoxville are partnering to support the Friends of the Knox County Public Library‘s Empty Stocking Fund Children’s Book Drive on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Visit Union Ave Books and donate new or like-new books while you’re shopping downtown for the holidays.

The event will also feature gift wrapping and a holiday bake sale.

Friends Book Sales: Your Source for Used Books

Looking for a few good books at bargain prices? We can help with that! And when you shop with Friends, you’re part of a community of support for the Knox County Public Library.

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. Check out our Rothrock page for the latest information about special sales and hours.

Branches of the Knox County Public Library hold used book sales throughout the year. These sales feature a wide selection of books at the same great prices as our annual sale.

ubs-2017-save-the-dates-4And mark your 2017 calendars, because the Annual Used Book Sale has been scheduled! We’ll be back at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park April 1–4 with books, books, and more books.

Sign up to receive our e-newsletters and be one of the first to get the latest news about our sales!

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.