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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 2020 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.
  • Take a quick look at what the Friends have been up to in the slideshow presented at our Annual Meeting on July 20, 2020:

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 raised over $32,000 in donations and pledges, 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! 

All Knox County Public Library Locations Now Open

All 19 locations of the Knox County Public Library, including the East Tennessee History Center, are now open on their regular schedules, and the remaining 67 employees who were furloughed have returned to work.

To ensure the safety and welfare of both patrons and staff and to comply with the Knox County Board of Health Regulation #2020-1, all library patrons and staff must wear face coverings inside the buildings except for children 12 years old and younger and people with relevant medical conditions. Masks will be made available for those who may not have one. 

Each library location has been fully sanitized and equipped with plexiglass sneeze shields at service counters. Seating arrangements adhere to physical distancing guidelines. No public computers are available, but every location is equipped with Wi-Fi. Storytimes, other programs, and use of meeting rooms will continue to be suspended until futher notice. 

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 August 31.

  • To maintain appropriate physical distancing, shopping will be limited to one household at a time. Other shoppers should wait in the area outside of the store. 
  • Rothrock volunteers will wear masks and gloves. To comply with the Knox County Board of Health Regulation #2020-1, all shoppers must wear face coverings inside the shop except for children 12 years old and younger and people with relevant medical conditions. 
  • 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 each 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.