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Meet the new Donelson library branch

Nashville’s newest library officially opens Monday, June 24 at Donelson Plaza.

Exterior view of a two-story library building with "Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch" on the front.

Grab your library card and tote bag. | Photo via Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library’s Donelson Branch is flipping to the next chapter.

Nearly six decades after the original location’s debut, the new library at Donelson Plaza (2714 Old Lebanon Pk.) will welcome visitors starting Monday, June 24 — and if you ask us, it’s definitely worth checking out.

The new building

The two-story library at Donelson Plaza is 25,000 sqft and houses ~30,000 books and materials. It’s nearly four times the size of the original branch and offers the following services and features:

  • Three dedicated program spaces
  • Six study rooms
  • Electric car charging
  • Vehicle registration renewal kiosk
  • Interior and exterior public art
  • Outdoor hydration station
  • Metro Arts Lending Library collection
  • A mobile kitchen on wheels open to partner organizations for cooking classes and demonstrations
    Rendering of an interior library space with four rows of bookshelves, people sitting in chairs, and a large sculpture suspended from the ceiling.

    Attend the grand opening to see artist Amber Lelli’s suspended sculpture in person. | Rendering via Metro Arts

    Opening day schedule

    The event on Monday, June 24 is free to attend (RSVP here), and because the library expects a high turnout, check out the parking map + transportation info ahead of time. Here’s the schedule:

    • 9:30 a.m. | Grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony
    • 11 a.m. | NPL’s Puppet Truck presents Aesop’s Fables
    • 12 p.m. | Afro Latin Drums and Dance
    • 1 p.m. | Story Time with the Nashville Symphony
    • 2 p.m. | Nashville Irish Step Dancers
    • 5 p.m. | Make Cookies in Our Mobile Demo Kitchen
    • 6 p.m. | Starry Night Story Time

    Future programming

    Much like other branches, Donelson will host community events and classes. Beyond the grand opening, the library’s calendar is filling up with animal-themed programs, food classes for teens, a Bubble Blast Foam Party (Aug. 3), and more.

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