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: 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • To maintain appropriate physical distancing, shopping will be limited to one household at a time. Other shoppers will need to wait in the area outside of the store.
  • Rothrock volunteers will wear masks and gloves out of consideration for everyone’s health. Because the bookstore is inside Lawson McGhee Library, customers should wear masks.
  • 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 their shift.
  • Customers can pay by cash, check, or credit card as usual; a $5 minimum is required for check and credit.

Please note that we are not able to accept book donations at this time.


Each month, Rothrock features collections of books and other materials on specific topics, in popular genres, or for special occasions in addition to the shop’s ever-changing regular stock.

  • October: Audiovisual materials, including music, movies, and audiobooks. We’ll also have a good selection of Halloween and fall-themed books for children. And our shelf of special-priced books is returning to the store.

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

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