Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Founded in 1992, Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL), a 501(c)(3) organization, is a network of volunteers.

  • We promote libraries and their Friends.
  • We support libraries and their Friends.
  • We advocate funding for libraries on a local, state, and national basis.

As we work together, FOTL can build a strong, supportive network of citizens promoting the value of libraries as institutions essential to democracy. The urgent need for the financial investment in our libraries continues to grow, and FOTL intends to reinforce the front-line efforts of local Friends.

Our Latest Newsletters

FOTL News: April 2019 (e-newsletter)

Friends of Tennessee Libraries Newsletter Special Legislative Issue: March 2019

Friends of Tennessee Libraries Newsletter: Winter 2019

WELCOME to the Friends of Tennessee Libraries  2018–19

FOTL – Annual Meeting 2019 AGENDA – FINAL

State of Tennessee Proclamation by the Governor, Proclaiming April 7–13, 2019, as Library Week

State of Tennessee Proclamation by the Governor, Proclaiming October 21–27, 2018, as Friends of Libraries Week

Public Library Laws of Tennessee (rev 2018)

FOTL — 2018 Fundraising Ideas

2018 Honor Roll of Tennessee Friends Groups

FOTL — Annual Meeting 2018 Agenda

LJ Hotline – When Friends Go Rogue (23Oct2017)

Ag Literacy Programs in the Library – Blount County (2017)

Buffalo River 2017 – IDEAS KIT BOOKLET for Developing and Revitalizing a Friends of the Library  Group

WELCOME to the FOTL 2017-18 

FOTL Annual Report 2016-17

TLA 2017 Trustees-Friends of Libraries Lunch Handout

Top Ten (+1) Ways To Attract New Friends of the Library Members

A Brief Guide To Government Forms Friends Groups Need to Know

TSLA New Building Proposal 

FOTL 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda



How friends can become Friends

The Ethical Dozen for Friends of the Library 

Tennessee Friends of Libraries Week 2016—An Ideas Tool Kit

TOOL KIT for Building a Library Friends Group 

Value and Vision




“The gifts of time and commitment by Friends of Libraries in Tennessee set a positive example of civic engagement that benefits both volunteers and their communities.”
—State of Tennessee Proclamation by Governor Bill Haslam and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, October 2018