Nashville Public Library

April 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm EST
Nashville Public Library

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins

Check it out – the Nashville Public Library system has 20 branch libraries throughout Davidson County.

Its main branch‚ at 615 Church St.‚ has more than 1.4 million printed items and is also a sight to behold. For example, the nonfiction area on the third floor stretches as long as a football field. Meanwhile, architectural amenities include bronze front doors that showcase native plants and animals of Tennessee, while a 20-foot sculpture called La Storia della Terra depicts a tower of stone books. The exterior of the modern-classical building on Church Street features Alabama limestone and ionic columns, while the interior floors are Georgia marble.

Some of the departments within the main library include a Center for Entrepreneurs‚ a kid-friendly children’s section and a young adults department that provides teens with an area of their own where they can read and relax.

The library also boasts the Metropolitan Government Archives‚ special services for the deaf and hard of hearing‚ and a civil rights room that captures the drama and history of the 1950s and 1960s.

Other locations include: Bellevue, Bordeaux, Donelson, East, Edgehill, Edmondon Pike, Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Hadley Park, Hermitage, Inglewood, Looby, Madison, North, Old Hickory, Pruitt, Richland Park, Southeast, Thompson Lane and Watkins Park.

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