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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 2021 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.

Tails and Tales Summer Adventure with the Knox County Public Library

Join the Knox County Public Library for a summer of reading, learning, and exploring as the Tails and Tales million-hour reading expedition heads for the hills (Foothills, that is) and the briny deep. Complete summer challenges to earn a whale of a prize package. 

Challenges include going on an adventure; creating a craft or letter; attending a library program; and reading and logging reading hours in the Tails and Tales reading challenge. Pick up a game card at any library location to get started or print your own.

Visit KCPL’s tent at the City of Knoxville’s Kid A’Riffic Fun in the Park to pick up take-home activities and take a trip down a Story Trail. Sign up to attend Michael Messing’s Outdoor Magic Show. It’s all part of a Summer Adventure to remember! 

All About the Books: How and Where to Shop with Your Friends

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop is now open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1–4:30 p.m. Stock up on summer reading at Rothrock through July during our $5 bag sale.

Used book sales at library branches are back! Visit this page for the latest information about upcoming branch sales. 

We’ll also be holding a children’s book sale at the City of Knoxville’s Kid A’Riffic Fun in the Park event at World’s Fair Park on July 28

If you love to shop online, please visit our online bookstore, where you’ll grab bags filled with books in your favorite genres as well as themed book bundles, individually priced collectible books, movies on DVD, and audiobooks on CD.

We’re now accepting donations of gently used books at library locations. Please visit our book donations page for details. 

Be Among Friends in 2021!

When you’re a Friend of the Knox County Public Library, you are among friends — friends who are part of a community that loves and supports our library and acknowledges its value as a center of excellence in an informed society.

As a member of Friends, you’ll be part of a tradition of library love and support that began in 1970.

Whether you’re a new Friend or an old one, please join for the first time or renew your membership today! Library lovers all over Knox County will thank you!

50 Years of Library Love

Since our first meeting at Church Street United Methodist Church on September 29, 1970, the Friends of the Knox County Public Library have been dedicated to finding ways to demonstrate our love for libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area through community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we presented a check for $50,000 — $1,000 for each year of our existence — to our library on September 30, 2020. The library will use our gift to add some 850 ebooks and audiobooks to its collection. Visit our special anniversary web page to view a video of the presentation as well as other videos, including a series of tributes from the library.

As we look ahead to our next 50 years, one thing is clear: Our library needs us more than ever. With your help, we can continue to support our library as it evolves to meet the changing needs of our community.

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.