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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.

Be a Friend of the Knox County Public Library!

Join the community of Friends who are standing together to support our library as we advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Knox County Public Library and its staff!

Learn about the benefits of being a Friend here. Then choose an annual membership here, or become a Forever Friend here.

A Friends membership also makes a great gift for the library lovers in your life. Give a gift membership here.

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. Rothrock’s December specials are gift-quality books and Christmas- and winter-themed books.

We have two more used book sales at library branches in December. Visit this page for the latest information.

If you love to shop online, please visit our online bookstore, where you can grab bags filled with books in your favorite genres as well as themed book bundles (including a new Christmas-themed bundle), individually priced collectible books, movies on DVD, and audiobooks on CD. Our new long- and short-sleeved t-shirts are also available for purchase online. 

Our 2021 limited-edition Christmas ornament is now available for purchase for $20 in our online bookstore. It will also be available at our last two branch sales of 2021. The ornament features custom artwork by local illustrator Paris Woodhull engraved on cherry wood. 

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

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.