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.

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. See details below for your local branch.

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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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Become a member of an NPLF giving society—Next Chapter Society for emerging leaders, Carnegie Society for higher-level donors, or Legacy Society for planned giving donors— to make a greater impact.

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.