Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Friends and Trustees at TLA Conference

Because Friends and Trustees are important to every library, they are an important part of the annual conference of the Tennessee Library Association. The Friends and Trustees Luncheon brings them together to network, to learn, and to recognize significant contributions to the cause of libraries.

This year’s event is at the Hilton Memphis on Friday, April 6, from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be there.

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Register for 2018 FOTL Annual Meeting


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 

State of Tennessee Proclamation by the Governor, Proclaiming October 16-22, 2016, as Friends of Libraries Week

Tennessee Friends of Libraries Week 2016—An Ideas Tool Kit

TOOL KIT for Building a Library Friends Group 

Value and Vision


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 2016