Carnegie Society

Join a group of committed library champions.

The Carnegie Society is an exclusive group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to making our city a more vibrant, literate, and connected place to live and work. The library offers resources and services for everyone free of charge. No other institution addresses as many needs as the library does – made possible by Nashville Public Library supporters and the collaboration between Metro Government and the Library Foundation. 

Membership starts at $125/month. Carnegie Society Sustainers provide a consistent stream of revenue for the library to rely on. Monthly membership is the easiest and most efficient way to invest in the vital programs that make our library a community treasure. 

As a member of the Carnegie Society you will receive the following benefits:


$1,500 – $2,999

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Invitations to special events
  • Exclusive invitation to the annual Carnegie Society Book Club
  • Commemorative library card
  • Listed in Annual Report


$3,000 – $4,999

  • All benefits of the level above
  • Three commemorative bookplates to honor someone of your choosing


$5,000 – $9,999

  • All benefits of the level above
  • Special behind the scenes tours including Wilson Collection White Glove Tour and Puppet Theater tour
    NEW Private tour of the Civil Rights Room or Votes for Women Room for your book club, alumni group, or social club (up to 25 people) 



  • All benefits of the level above
  • Copy of the Book Club book mailed/delivered
  • Two guest passes to the Book Club

The Hallmark Event: The Carnegie Society Book Club

The annual Carnegie Society Book Club is Nashville’s most interesting and exclusive book club. For members only, the Book Club explores an exciting text, such as last year’s choice “The Personal Librarian”, with special guest Erica Ciallela from The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. 

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