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“Georgeous architecture!”

Nashville Public Library
Ranked #36 of 247 things to do in Nashville
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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
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“Georgeous architecture!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Even if you aren't a member the architecture alone is worth a visit. The grand stairways and doorways are just beautiful and a surprise for Nashville. The interior is more like something one would see in a much larger city.

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“Is it a Library or a Fine Museum”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Forget what you think you know about public libraries. This is an exquisite jewel that will impress you the second you walk in the door. The building looks and feels like a fine museum and the artwork is classy. Even if you don't have a library card, you can use the many public computers for free and of course you can sit and browse through books and magazines and newspapers in comfy plush chairs or sit at a table and open up your laptop.

Hungry- they have you covered. You can even get a meal here. Even if you don't usually visit libraries on trips, do make an exception for this one.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice children's area and special events”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

The children's area is extensive and good. They have really good marionette puppet shows.

Visited February 2012
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“downtown the best”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

lots to do at this downtown library...good place for tots to kids with puppet shows special childrens floor. Nashville room and other exhibits for adults plus what else but tons of books , audio o etc

Visited April 2012
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Nashville, TN
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“A Day at the Downtown Library”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

I'm very proud of my city's main library, and I enjoy spending the day or half-day just hanging out there.

Right in the middle of downtown Nashville at 615 Church Street, the Library, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, looks like it might have been a bank from the early 20th century. It wasn't. The building was a shopping center, but only the attached parking lot hints at its history, and this remodeling only opened in 2001.

The external columns, capacious marble entry hall, and wide central stairway suggest the grand style of bigger city libraries.

Everything is tastefully executed, and the entry hall has just the right amount of echo. The Library's web site describes its style as "Modern Classical." (For more on Art and Architecture at the Library, see http://www.library.nashville.org/artgallery/art_libraryartarchitecture.asp .)

I enjoy reading in the wood-paneled Grand Reading Room, which features a Hammered Copper Repoussé, (a frieze) "A Story of Nashville." On the Church Street side of the Reading Room, a picture window opens up to the 1859 State Capitol.

On the second floor there's an art gallery around the perimeter of the balcony overlooking the main hall, where historical photographs and other art reflecting Nashville and Tennessee are displayed.

Climb the stairs, and you'll discover a beautifully landscaped Courtyard with fountain, like a little park, where it's nice to read, or just sit and listen to the fountain and the birds.

There's a Provence Breads and Café on Church Street, which is also part of the library, and Provence is well known in Nashville for its breads and pastries. Provence suggests a French café, and is comfortable and nicely done. I like to buy a sandwich and coffee, and enjoy my food in the Library Courtyard.

Oh, I didn't say anything about books. The Library has an impressive borrowing collection. Historical photograph collections are also seeing. There's also the Kenneth A. Kanter Collection of American Music and Theater, which features recordings and other musical theater items through 2006, donated by a former rabbi.

Library parking is free for the first 90 minutes, and reasonable after that.

The Library's former slogan was "A city with a great library is a great city," and this Library certainly speaks well for Nashville.

Visited May 2012
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