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About your library card:

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

You can use your card online or at any Nashville Public Library location.

Who can get a card?

Library cards are free for all residents of Davidson County, employees of Metro Government, and persons living within the Goodlettsville city limits. Cards are also available to non-residents for an annual fee.

Where do I get a card?

Sign up for a card online and gain immediate access to all online library materials. You may also apply for a library card in person at any library location. If you get a card in person, it allows immediate access to all library materials.

How do I get a card?

Visit any Nashville Public Library location to apply in person. When you apply you must have a government-issued photo ID, proof of your date of birth, and proof of your current street address. Any combination of documents (electronic or paper) that satisfy these requirements can be provided.

Types of Library Cards

There are several different types of library cards to suit different situations. If you are under 18 or do not have one of the approved forms of ID, consult this list to find a card that is right for you.

Digital Access Card - Ages 14 and Up

Register for a card online and we'll email you a library card number that gives you immediate access to our online streaming, download, and database content. Expand your access to the entire collection of books, DVDs, and more, by converting your digital access card to an Adult or Young Adult card. To convert your card, visit any Nashville Public Library location and present acceptable ID and proof of address.

Requirements

  • You must be age 14 and up
  • Nashville, Davidson County, or City of Goodlettsville resident
  • Email address

Children's Card (full privileges) - Ages 13 and Under

An adult parent/guardian/guarantor, 18 or older, must be present to apply for a library card for a child. The child must reside in Davidson County or within the Goodlettsville city limits to receive an in-county card. The adult/parent/guardian/guarantor will be financially responsible for the library card.

Requirements

  • Child must be age 13 or under and a resident of Nashville, Davidson County, or City of Goodlettsville
  • The adult/parent/guardian/guarantor must provide the following:
    • One of the approved forms of identity for the adult and the adult birth date.
    • One of the approved proofs of current address for the adult if their form of ID does not show their current address.
    • One of the approved proofs of current address for the child if they live in separate households.

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Power Card (limited privileges) - Ages 13 and Under

Does not require a parent be present to register. The Power Card allows children to check out up to 3 Juvenile or Young Adult items, and gives access to up to 10 Juvenile or Young Adult audiobooks and ebooks from OverDrive.

The Power Card expires on the child's 14th birthday, at which time they may sign up for a full-privilege card by meeting the requirements for a Young Adult card.

Requirements:

  • Child must be age 13 or under and a resident of Nashville, Davidson County, or City of Goodlettsville
  • Child must be able to verbally provide library staff with:
    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Street address
    • Phone number

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Young Adult Card - Ages 14-17

A parental signature is not required for a Young Adult card application. If the applicant does not have the required documentation, a parent/guardian may need to show proof of ID and address for the Young Adult.

Requirements

  • Teen must be a resident of Nashville, Davidson County, or City of Goodlettsville
  • Teen must be able to provide library staff with:
    • Photo ID (see acceptable ID listed above)
    • Proof of your date of birth
    • Proof of your current street address

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Educator Card

Educator Cards are a special privilege granted to educators employed by institutions and facilities that educate or care for children/students in Davidson County or within the Goodlettsville city limits. The Educator Card is intended to benefit the children/students and may be used to check out items for educational use only.

  • Educators may have both a personal library card and an Educator Card. A patron's personal library card account must be in good standing in order to receive or renew an Educator Card.
  • Educator Cards expire annually on July 31.
  • Educator Cards must be renewed and eligibility confirmed each year by presenting the Educator card and approved form of teacher identification.

Requirements:

MNPS Teachers may obtain an Educator Card through the Limitless Libraries program. Link to Limitless Libraries info.

Non-MNPS Teachers (private, certified home school, licensed child-care providers, professors, etc.) must apply in person at any NPL location. You must present the following:

  • An approved form of identity and current address (see Accepted forms of ID above)
  • AND one of the following for the current school year:
    • School ID badge
    • Copy of a contract confirming employment
    • Paystub
    • Printout of online pay information
    • Home school certificate

Checkout Rules:

  • The Educator Card may be used to check out up to 100 items at a time, including a maximum of 10 rated G, PG or PG-13 DVDs.
  • Checkout period for books, audiobooks and music CDs is 6 weeks
  • Checkout period for DVDs is 7 days.
  • All other NPL card rules apply.

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Non-Resident Cards

Cards are available to persons who live outside of Davidson County in either a free Limited Access Card or a $10 Unlimited (full-access) Card.

In-library use of materials and online services are available at no charge, regardless of residence.

Non-Resident Limited Access Card (Free)

The no-fee, limited-access NPL card allows library patrons who live outside of Davidson County to access our physical collection and borrow physical items only from NPL locations.

Requirements:

  • Photo ID and proof of address, if not on the ID
  • You must register in person for a non-resident card.
  • Cards expire after 1 year and must be renewed in person.

Non-Resident Unlimited Access Card ($10)

The $10 unlimited access NPL card allows library patrons who live outside Davidson County unlimited access to NPL’s digital and physical collection.

Requirements:

  • $10 annual non-resident membership fee
  • Photo ID and proof of address, if not on the ID
  • You must register in person for a non-resident card.
  • Cards expire after 1 year and must be renewed in person.

Complimentary unlimited access cards will be issued to persons who can prove they are:

  • Tennessee State Legislators
  • Metro Government or Metro Nashville Public School employees
  • Nashville Public Library volunteers who complete 20 hours of service in one year
  • Students living in on-campus housing in Davidson County or within the Goodlettsville city limits (will need to verify permanent home address)

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Courtesy Cards

3-month courtesy cards are available to persons temporarily residing in Davidson County, as well as others who reside in county but do not have a permanent address. The card will allow checkout of one item at a time. The card may be renewed for an additional 3 months.

To obtain a courtesy card, patrons must provide:

  • An approved form of identity (see Accepted Forms of ID above)
  • AND one of the following types of proof of address:
    • A letter on facility letterhead stating that the person resides at this location. (Example: Ronald McDonald House, Union Rescue Mission, Extended Stay hotel, etc.) OR
    • Mail that has been addressed to and received by them at that location within the past 2 weeks. Sorry, but the library cannot accept Post Office box numbers as addresses.

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Library Card Policies

Your library card is good at all 21 Nashville Public Library locations and for all digital 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. Replacement cards are $1.

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