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.

Important Dates

Today Renew your FOTL membership or join us for the first time

September 15, 2021 Deadline for nominating recipients of Recognition Awards

September 15, 2021 Deadline for applications for $500 grants

Our Latest News

FOTL News: September 2021 (e-newsletter)

FOTL Newsletter: Fall 2020 (printed)

Presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting

All presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting have been archived on our website and can be viewed here.

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