Popular materials, where the newest and most-sought-after releases are showcased, may be the most bustling section in any library. An array of the latest materials is essential to generate excitement for readers.
Special collections document chapter after chapter of Nashville’s unique life. By archiving and preserving oral histories and historic materials, expanding programming and mounting new exhibits, the Special Collections Division links the present with the city’s distinguished heritage.
The Civil Rights Center portrays Nashville’s pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to providing access to materials, the Center offers programming that uses Nashville’s civil rights history as a gateway to exploring complex community dynamics around race in an environment that encourages open conversation and greater understanding.
The Votes for Women room opened in August 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment ratification granting women the right to vote. This permanent exhibit tells the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It provides a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy, and power.
Movies and music are available free to patrons in many forms and genres. Everything from recent blockbuster releases to Hollywood classics to hard-to-find independent productions to documentaries can be found on DVD. The library has an equally broad variety of music – check out a CD or download songs from the library website right to your device.
Nashville Public Library has more than 2 million cataloged books and other items available system wide, and in ever-increasing digital forms. Not long ago a book cost the library around $17; today in all the required formats it can cost as much $250. Gifts to NPLF help expand the library’s vast collection of resources made available to the public.