Your Nashville library card grants you these perks

Consider this your ultimate guide to Nashville Public Library resources — from free seeds, BCycle passes, art, and more — let’s go beyond the books.

The exterior of NPL's Richland Park branch with flowers leading up the brick walkway.

Pro tip: Visit NPL’s Richland Park branch on a Saturday to grab your book, then head over to the Richland Park Farmers Market next door.

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Calling all Nashville Public Library prose — before you book it to your branch, read up on all of the NPL services you might not be taking full advantage of. Pro tip: Don’t have your library card yet? Sign up now.

For the adventurous

  • Community Passports | Gain admission to the National Museum of African American Music, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens via this partnership.
  • BCycle Pass | Explore the city for one week with two-hour unlimited rides courtesy of BCycle.

For the creative

  • Metro Arts Lending Library | Uncover new local artists and showcase their work throughout your home. This partnership allows you to borrow art for up to three months.
  • Art at the Library | The main library and five branches offer curated exhibits to browse during operating hours.
A wooden storage container holds seeds in 24 drawers at the library's entrance.

The Richland Park branch’s seed exchange houses ~24 various types to choose from.

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For the DIYers

  • Seed Exchange | Grow your own community garden full of vegetables, herbs, or flowers.
  • Library of Things | For up to three weeks, check out anything from tools and musical instruments to crafts and games. Pro tip: You can borrow two items at once.

“Adulting” made easy

  • Notary Service | Select branches offer notary services for simple documents like auto titles and deeds of trust.
  • Registration Renewal Kiosk | Renew your Davidson County tag and get your decal at three NPL branches.
  • Drivers License Kiosk | Renew or replace your Davidson County drivers license via the self-serve kiosk at two NPL branches.
  • Boater Safety Exam | Cruise Tennessee waterways by taking your boater safety test and securing your permit.

Learn from your librarian

  • Jobs Lab | Get one-on-one computer help, extended computer time, resume + cover letter tips, and more.
  • NPL Means Business | Access to resources for Nashville entrepreneurs and small business owners.