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NPL Adult Literacy supports organizations serving adult learners by offering information, access to education technologies and tools, and professional development.

Tools for Learners

Classes for Adult Learners

Find classes for your adult learners in ESL, HiSET, and more. Classes take place at various locations in Davidson County.

View Upcoming Adult Literacy Classes

Nashville Helps

Nashville Helps is a project of Adult Literacy at Nashville Public Library. This service allows users to request help from local agencies for adult education classes, citizenship, housing, food insecurity, legal assistance, career development, health services, and more!

Continue to Nashville Helps

Using the Library Videos

See how to get a library card, how to borrow materials, and how to use public computers.

English | Spanish | Arabic

Pathway for New Americans

Pathway for New Americans a community-wide approach to promoting citizenship education and awareness in Davidson County.

Go to Pathway for New Americans

Practice & Prep

Visit any session at your branch for assistance with preparing for HiSET and Citizenship exams. This series puts you in direct contact with the Adult Literacy team and your local Nashville Public Library branch, so you have the support you need to succeed as a learner! Attend one of our in-person Practice & Prep Orientation sessions to learn more.

See calendar for Practice & Prep Sessions


Explore the Fresh Reads Collection

Fresh Reads connects all adult readers to great books.

Professional Development

Events Calendar

Find upcoming professional development workshops and conferences.

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Meeting & Presenter Notes

Meeting notes from past conferences and presenter notes and slides from past events.

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Online Discussion

Join our Facebook Group for adult educators and ask questions, discover solutions, and share best practices.

NPL Adult Education Community

Adult Educator of the Year

This award honors a teacher who makes significant contributions to the work of Adult Education in Middle Tennessee.

View Award Details


The monthly newsletter is an easy way to stay connected with our upcoming events and featured resources.

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Mobile Lab

Available to nonprofit partners in Davidson County. Lab includes 10 laptops and 1 Wi-Fi hotspot which can be delivered throughout the city for pop-up computer classes.


Library 101 Tour

For adult education students and their families. Discover free resources for adults, families, children, and teens available with your Nashville Public Library card. This tour can be tailored for speakers from non-English backgrounds.


Library to You

Request a workshop led by library staff. Select from our prepared workshops, like Library Resources or Online Tools for the Job Search, or create a custom workshop for your learners' needs. We can also bring our mobile lab for hands-on practice.


Library Meeting Room Space

Nashville Public Library offers meeting rooms free for community use. Get details and book online.

Branch Library Meeting Rooms

Library Card Registration

Request a library card sign up table at your next event.



Tools for Educators

Pathways for Adult Learners

Learn how to make better referrals throughout the community. Look on the Zone Map and find the color of your zone. Use the color to find appropriate resources.

Education Pathway

Social Services Pathway

Adult Education Dashboard

How many adult learners do we serve around the city? This dashboard tracks our collective progress. 

Go to the Adult Education Dashboard

Tech Toolkit

Resources for adult educators looking to integrate digital skills into their instruction.

Access the Tech Toolkit


GOAL Collective

Collaboration is key, and that’s why we are proud to be a part of a collective impact group. GOAL Collective (formerly known as Adult Education Collective Impact or AECI) is a group of organizations working together to grow opportunities for adult learners by driving innovation and connections throughout our learning systems. Together, we are better serving all adult learners in Nashville. 

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NPL connects Davidson County’s adult literacy community by serving as a central hub where adult learners and the organizations serving them can get information, access to education technologies and tools, and become enriched through professional development. NPL’s Adult Literacy program aligns library resources to meet community need in the areas of High School Equivalency (HSE), English Language Learners (ELL), Job Skills, and Digital Literacy.

For more information about Nashville Public Library's Adult Educator opportunities and Adult Literacy programs, contact or (615) 880-2264.


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