Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Help Us Build a Strong Network of Support 


WELCOME to the FOTL 2016-17 

How friends can become Friends

The Ethical Dozen for Friends of the Library 

State of Tennessee Proclamation by the Governor, proclaiming October 18-24, 2015, as Friends of Libraries Week

TOOL KIT for Building a Library Friends Group 


Founded in 1992, 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.

Please join us. 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. Take a look at what we have done in the past year.



“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 2015