Friends of the Library

Since 1957, the Friends of the Nashville Public Library has faithfully played a crucial role in accomplishing the Library’s mission to “inspire reading, advance learning and connect the community” through a wide range of fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism initiatives.

Recent discussions around expanding the Library’s reach into the community have presented the need for a solution that would continue to empower the Friends in their activity, while integrating the broader fundraising and advocacy efforts with those of the Nashville Public Library Foundation, combining each groups’ strengths to create maximized impact and new ways to support the library at the community level.

On July 1, 2018, the next chapter of the Friends’ rich history began through an exciting new partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Joining forces, both the Friends and Foundation will continue to support the library by working together to extend the library’s reach and create enriching experiences that will impact communities all across the greater Nashville area.

Become A Friend

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Make a one-time or monthly donation to support the transformative programs the library provides to everyone in the community.

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Join a Friends Group at your local branch to help raise funds and act as a community advocate for the library your family knows and loves.

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Volunteer! Your branch is always looking for support with shelving, scanning and pulling books. There are also lots of opportunities to help patrons.

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Donate new or gently used books, DVDs and CDs for others in our community to enjoy. To donate, talk to your branch staff.

Friends Groups

Your local NPL branch relies on their Friends Group to host Book Sales and other fundraising events, promote programs and projects and advocate on behalf of the Library. Groups are always looking for new members, and those branches without a Friends Group need a leader who will help get a group started.

Join a Group

Start a Group

Ready to become a member of a Friends Group at your branch?

Complete a volunteer application, and be sure to include the branch name in the notes.

Upcoming Events

Various branch libraries have a constantly changing selection of books for sale anytime during regular library hours; ask library staff if there is a shelf or cart of books for sale – you just may be surprised. Cash or checks only for branch book carts.  Credit cards are accepted at branch book sales.

Main Library
October 11 – 13

October 19

Thompson Lane
October 26

Green Hills
December 1 – 4

December 5 – 8

Stay Connected

Sign up now to learn more about the exciting work our Friends are doing to help support the award-winning programs and services that make the Nashville Public Library the best in the country.

Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsor