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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.

Thank You for Helping Us Keep the Knox County Public Library Strong!

We are so grateful to everyone who was able to contribute to our campaign to help ensure that our library can continue to meet our community’s changing needs. Because of your generosity, the Friends had raised $31,586 in donations and pledges as of June 30, including a matching gift of $7,500 from the Knox County Public Library Foundation. 

Thank you for understanding that a strong library is essential to the short- and long-term health of our community and for making an investment that will benefit the citizens of Knox County! 

Eight Knox County Public Library Locations Are Open

Eight of the Knox County Public Library‘s 19 locations  are now open! Each location is on its regular schedule. These locations will provide access for patrons in all areas of the county.

Each library location has been fully sanitized and equipped with plexiglass sneeze shields at service counters. Available seating has been arranged to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. No public computers are available; however, every location is equipped with Wi-Fi. The Library will isolate all returned materials for 72 hours to ensure the safe handling of books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials. Storytimes, other programs, and meeting room use will be suspended until further notice.  

The locations that have reopened are: 

Now Open: The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library is now open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and our $5 bag sale is back! This special semi-annual sale will continue through July 31.

  • To maintain appropriate physical distancing, shopping will be limited to one household at a time. Other shoppers will need to wait in the area outside of the store. 
  • Rothrock volunteers will wear masks and gloves out of consideration for everyone’s health. Customers will be asked but will not be required to wear masks.
  • While customers are in the store, volunteers will stay behind the plexiglass shield at the checkout desk.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the front of the store, and customers will be asked to use some before shopping.
  • Volunteers will sanitize the checkout desk and any shared items at the beginning of their shift.
  • Customers can pay by cash, check, or credit card as usual; a $5 minimum is required for check and credit.

Suspension of Book Donations

We’re grateful for the books you donate to us
at your favorite
Knox County Public Library location, and we love receiving all those purple bags filled with your generous donations. However, we’re presently unable to accept donations. We’re working on a plan and will let you know when we’re ready to receive your gently used books again.  Thanks for understanding, and thanks for your ongoing support of Friends!

Grow With Us as a Member of Friends in 2020!

Grow with us in 2020! 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.