More than 100 years ago, Andrew Carnegie built four Nashville libraries in partnership with the city. Today, the Nashville Public Library Foundation builds upon his historic vision by continuing to employ private funds to ensure great Nashville libraries.
Important to the success of public libraries is our unique partnership between government support and private philanthropy. While the daily operations and maintenance of the library are funded by local government, the Nashville Public Library Foundation helps make real many creative endeavors that are essential to the greatness of the library.
With the help of many generous people, the Foundation provides free educational programs, visual arts exhibits, building revitalization and significant collection enhancements for the children and adults who visit Nashville libraries more than three and a half million times a year.
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