Nashville Public Library by the numbers

See how 2022 stacked up for Nashville’s library system 📚


Nashville Public Library’s main branch. | Photo by NASHtoday

Talk about a page turner of a year. In 2022, Nashville Public Library saw 1.5 million library visits, over 5 million items borrowed, and 98,000 new items added to its collection.

Before we flip to the next chapter, check out this by-the-numbers breakdown from the library’s annual report.

  • 33,880 new library cards
  • 2 million digital downloads
  • 13,965 curbside pick-ups
  • 175,931 reference questions answered
  • 1,738 volunteers
  • 31,579 virtual and 95,390 in-person program attendance
  • 486 puppet truck performances

Looking to get a shiny new card in the new year? Library Cards are free, and the limited-edition Dolly Parton Imagination Library card is still available. Of course, the library isn’t just for bookworms. Check out everything the NPL has to offer, including passes to local museums, writer’s rooms, and free e-bike rides.

Bonus: Treat your shelf by adding 16 books with Nashville tiesall of which are available to reserve via NPL — to your 2023 reading list.

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