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Nashville Public Library Foundation

A strong library system is the heart of a strong city. At the Nashville Public Library Foundation, we invest in programs that help the library empower our community, ignite children’s imaginations, and foster lifelong learning throughout Nashville. Thanks to private donations, sponsorships, and partnerships, we are able to provide our neighborhoods with vital opportunities at no cost to participants, cultivating a better future for everyone. For more information on NPLF or to make a gift, visit


Friends of Nashville Public Library

Since 1957, Nashville’s Friends of the Library has been making waves, playing a pivotal role in bringing Nashville Public Library's mission to life. Our dedicated Friends work closely with their local branch staff helping to coordinate efforts, fundraise, and more to help the branch make a direct positive impact on the community. Each branch Friends of the Library group is a little different in what they help with and how they do it.

Join a Friends Group


Nashville Public Library is a rewarding and fun place to volunteer. Volunteers assist at all our locations. There is likely a location for you to volunteer which is convenient to work, home, or school. If you haven't signed up to volunteer yet, what are you waiting for?


Internships and Library Practicum

Nashville Public Library offers a variety of unpaid internships for college undergraduates and graduate students. Internships are thoughtfully constructed, focused, short-term projects, supervised by library staff who mentor and guide students. Students apply their academic interests and skills in a workplace setting, while exploring personal and professional goals.


Donate Materials

We accept donations of books and DVDs in new or gently-used condition. We also accept seeds for the Seed Exchange.