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10 Unique Benefits of a Nashville Library Card

If you are a Nashville homeschooler and haven’t been to the Davidson county library, you are missing out!  In fact, if you live in Middle TN and haven’t utilized this library system….you are missing out!


We are so fortunate to have an incredible library system. A 2016 study by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce calculated the value of NPL’s services and collections at $2,951 per Nashville family.  In 2017, NPL was awarded Library Jornal and Gale’s Library of the Year.  This award is basically a Grammy for a library 🙂  It’s awarded to a library that “demonstrates profound service to community, creativity, leadership, and innovation in developing community programs. Nashville Public Library stands out for its ability to bring stories, reading, and learning to life to educate the community–from the youngest learners through adults.”  Pretty awesome, right?!

Along with the “regular” library services (book checkouts, meeting rooms, printers), I’ve gathered below a list of a few unique offerings from NPL that you may be surprised to discover:



1. Get Any Item Sent to Any Library With the Holds System

Maybe this is a normal library feature these days, but I did not grow up with a great public library system or as much technology, so I am easily impressed 🙂  You can log on to your library account online to browse the massive collection of books, movies, music, etc.  All you have to do is simply select Place Hold and which library to send the item to.  Once your item is in, it is placed on the hold shelf and you are notified to come pick up within a few days.  It’s basically Clicklist for the library, makes a quick trip so easy!


2. NO Late fees

In 2017, NPL made the decision to end late fees.  Whenever your checked out item comes up for renewal, it will automatically renew until it’s overdue.  Once an item is overdue, a replacement fee is places on your account for the item.  Either return the item or pay for it to clear the balance.


3. Homeschooling Parents Can Get an Educator’s Card

School teachers, home educators, and daycare providers are eligible to get a special Educator’s Library Card.  Instead of the regular 3 week checkout period, an educator card allows a 6 week checkout period.


4. Borrow Free Passes to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Through the Community Counts Passport Program, you can check out tickets to the Country Music Hall of Fame for yourself and one other adult (residing in or around Davison Co).  Youth 18 and under from Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties are FREE. Just go HERE to place a hold on the passes.  You have 10 days to use them.


5. Access Popular Magazines on RB Digital

Through the RB Digital page, NPL cardholders have FREE access to many different digital magazines.  A few are:  National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, Women’s Health, Weight Watcher’s, Vogue,  Nashville Lifestyles, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, and many others.


6. Listen to AudioBooks

For those of you who prefer an audio book, you’ll find a plethera of ways to listen to your selections through NPL.  Of course, you can rent a physical copy on CD or playaway.  You can also download or stream digitally through the following (for free) with you library card: OverDrive, LibbyHoopla, Dilo (Spanish Audiobooks), RB Digital Audiobooks.

For children, there are playaway bookpacks that come with the book and digital player.  Also, there is a kid version of overdrive.


7. Join a Seed Exchange

You can borrow seeds from the library and get instruction and support for your garden.    There are workshops throughout the year, even a Facebook Page  with additional tips and ideas.


8. Start a Book Club in a Bag

Grab 9 friends and start a 6 week book club using the library’s Book Club in a Bag.  With nearly 200 selections, you can find something that appeals to everyone.  In the book club kit, NPL provides 10 copies, discussion questions, an author biography, and tips for starting a successful club.


9. Learn to Play the Ukulele

Borrow a Ukulele from NPL.  The ukulele comes in a case with a tuner and booklet.  Use your card for free access to lessons on Artist Works.


10. Utilize a Curriculum Kit

A great start to a unit study, Curriculum Kits are a themed group of books, audio, and videos in one box.  Place a hold online and pick one up at your library’s front desk.  There are plenty of topics and levels to choose from including community helpers, insects, geography, cooking for kids, etc.




Even if you live outside of Davidson County, you can still obtain a FREE library card to check out physical items only at any of the 21 locations.  You can opt to also pay a $10 yearly fee to obtain access to online resources (I definitely recommend!).

I hope that I have helped you learn something new and interesting the Nashville Library can offer you! 

Check out your nearest locations hours and stop by today 🙂


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