More faces supporting a must-have library!


The library is FUN!


Our used book sales benefit the library and put books in readers’ hands

Book Sales!

Computers and internet access for students and job-seekers!


Parents teach the love of reading by example


The Library: A World of Information


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    Gorgeous black & white photos of Knoxville, from the Thompson Photograph Collection! Get yours for just $15 at Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library, Mast General Store, the East Tennessee History Center Gift Shop, Pratt’s Country Market, the Disc Exchange, Rala, Raven Records and Rarities, and Union Ave Books.

    The 2015 calendar is better than ever and boasts a colorful redesign with extended photo descriptions.

    Production and distribution of Knoxville Remembered calendars are made possible through a partnership between the East Tennessee Historical Society and Friends. Proceeds benefit the Knox County Public Library Staff Association.


    To keep in touch with your Friends (and be notified of dates and locations of Friends book sales!) sign up to receive our e-newsletter Friends ♥ KCPL.

    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.


    The foundation of democracy is an educated electorate. When the economy is down, it is all the more vital that we the people have access to information, education, news…and now in modern times the internet…Libraries do that. For everyone.
    ~ Emilly Bristol