Bookstore

Located inside Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville, the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop is open  almost every day year-round. The bookstore is always closed when Lawson McGhee is closed and on Saturdays when the University of Tennessee plays football in Knoxville.

HOURS 

  • Monday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1–4:30 p.m.

NOTE: Rothrock will be closed on the following dates in January:

  • Saturday, January 1
  • Monday, January 17

Customers can pay by cash, check, or credit card; a $5 minimum is required for check and credit.


Rothrock’s January special is our famous $5 bag sale. 

Upcoming Specials

  • February — Foreign language, Old and Odd, and children’s Valentine’s Day books
  • March — Regional fiction and nonfiction, sports, and children’s St. Patrick’s Day books

REGULAR BOOKSTORE PRICES (Selected titles may be priced higher)

Hardcovers – $2
Paperbacks – $1
Mass Market Paperbacks – $0.50
LP Records – $1
Books on CD – $2
Music CDs – $1
DVDs – $2
Children’s DVDs – $1
Children’s Hardcovers – $1
Children’s Paperbacks – $0.50
Children’s Board Books – $0.50
Magazines – $0.25
Sheet Music – $0.50


DID YOU KNOW?

Our little book shop is named after Mary Utopia Rothrock.

In 1995, University of Illinois scholar Mary Mallory described Miss Rothrock as the “architect of regional library services” in “The Rare Vision of Mary Utopia Rothrock,” an article published in The Library Quarterly. Rothrock brought that vision of library services for everyone to Knoxville in 1916 when local merchant-historian Calvin M. McClung persuaded her to become the head of the city’s library.

Miss Rothrock’s tenure in Knoxville saw the beginning of a system that now includes 19 locations throughout Knox County — a system that exemplifies her belief that “wherever they live or work, the library follows.”

We’re grateful to Friend Martha Gill for narrating this tribute to Miss Rothrock.

 

 

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