Limitless Libraries

Limitless Libraries is a collaborative program between Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools designed to strengthen school libraries and increase use of NPL’s collections for children and youth. This groundbreaking initiative shares the public library’s resources with close to 83,000 elementary, middle and high school students and teachers by delivering physical and digital materials directly to school libraries.

Envisioned in 2009 by Karl Dean, and based on research proving a positive correlation between strong libraries and better prepared students, this groundbreaking initiative shares the library’s resources with more than 80,000 K-12 students and teachers. Limitless Libraries is now in 123 of the city’s traditional schools and students can select from more than 2 million physical and digital items for delivery to their school within two days.

Limitless Libraries increases access to NPL materials and improves school performance by reducing barriers and providing materials needed to complete research and assignments. In addition to books and other physical formats, the program provides access to a core collection of eBooks and databases as well as audiovisual materials for English Language Learners.

An independent study published in 2014 confirms that students using the program tend to achieve at higher levels on state test and report more positive learning outcomes credited to Limitless Libraries.