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Your library card gives you free access to over two million books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs, streaming movies, music, and more.

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About Your Library Card

You can use your card at all 21 Nashville Public Library locations and for all online services.

Please treat your card with the same care you would a credit card. You are responsible for everything checked out on it. Contact the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen.

Getting a Card

Davidson County Residents

Library cards are free for all residents of Davidson County.


If you live outside Davidson County, but in our service area, you can receive a free library card to check out physical items only or you can pay a $10 yearly fee to obtain access to online resources in addition to physical items.

  • To get a card, present your ID and proof of address at any Nashville Public Library location.

Accepted Forms of ID

  • Driver's License or Learner's Permit
  • School ID (if under 18)
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • ID Only with Date of Birth

Accepted Proofs of Address

  • Mail postmarked within the last month
  • Pay stub dated within the last month
  • Utility bill dated within the last month
  • Voter registration card
  • Current lease/Deed agreement

Loan Rules

See complete checkout, hold, and renewal info by material type (book, ebook, curriculum kit, etc.).