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 financial investment in our libraries continues to grow, and FOTL intends to reinforce the front-line efforts of local Friends.


Friends of Libraries Week 2019

Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed October 20–26, 2019, as Friends of Libraries Week in Tennessee. Tennessee Friends groups can download a copy of the proclamation here.


Our Latest Newsletters

FOTL News: September 2019 (e-newsletter)

Friends of Tennessee Libraries Newsletter: Spring–Summer 2019

Friends of Tennessee Libraries Newsletter Special Legislative Issue: March 2019


Resources for Friends and Library Advocates

FOTL has collected a number of resources on topics of interest to local Friends groups and library advocates. New resources will be added as they become available. Click on the images below to view the information by topic.

 


“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 of Friends of Libraries Week signed by Governor Bill Lee and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, August 2019