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New Donelson Branch Library

Opening Day Celebration

We're pretty stoked! Our opening is on June 24 beginning at 9:30 AM. 

The fun continues throughout the day with events for the whole family. 

11:00AMNPL's Puppet Truck presents Aesop's Fables
1:00PMStory Time with the Nashville Symphony
2:00PMNashville Irish Step Dancers
6:00PMStarry Night Story Time

The new Donelson Branch Library address is 2714 Old Lebanon Pike.

Let us know you'll be there! 

Countdown to Opening 


 

A lot goes into building a 24,000-plus square foot, two-level library facility – more than 1,655 cubic yards of concrete and 329 tons of steel, to be exact. 

Nashville Public Library and the Donelson community are creating a neighborhood space for joy, learning, creativity, and community building with the new Donelson branch, set to open June 24, 2024.

Growing with the Community

The branch will grow by more than 18,000 square feet, house nearly 30,000 books and materials, and be open seven days a week.

We will also grow the NPL Donelson team. They’ll offer programming for all ages and take library programs and resources into Donelson’s neighborhoods, to reduce transportation barriers to library access.

New Donelson Plaza rendering from donelsonplaza.com

At the new location, customers will find:

  • Three dedicated program spaces
  • Six study rooms
  • Electric car charging 
  • Outdoor hydration station for both pets and humans
  • More Spanish language materials 
  • Artwork by local artists, available for checkout: Donelson branch is NPL’s fourth location with a Metro Arts Lending Library collection
  • A mobile kitchen on wheels, sponsored by the Stones River Woman’s Club, and open to partner organizations for cooking classes and demonstrations for all ages
  • Multilingual signage: The Southeast branch was the first in the NPL system to feature signs in both English and Spanish, which let additional patrons feel and know they are welcome at the library. The new Donelson branch will expand this trend by featuring signs in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

An Eco-Friendlier Building

The LEED Gold-certified building will have rooftop solar panels capable of generating 14 kilowatts of energy; a geo-thermal system for heating and cooling the building; and a third-acre of open green space at its front door.

Meanwhile, Metro’s Socket program will take visitors through an interactive exploration of all the new branch’s sustainability features.

New Donelson Branch will add thousands of items to the collection and bring some beloved features from the existing branch — like a solar charging bench and the Vestaboard donated by the company. The Vestaboard shuffles hourly to let visitors know about the programs and events of the day.

Public Artwork

New Donelson branch will also house interior and exterior public artwork, thanks to a partnership with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

Digital rendering of Reverie sculptures by artist duo Wowhaus, courtesy of metroartsnashville.com

Scott Constable and Ene Osteraas-Constable, aka artist team Wowhaus, were selected by a citizen panel of Donelson area residents and stakeholders. The Metro Nashville Arts Commission approved their designs for Reverie, a series of Tennessee marble sculptures. Read more about the exterior art on Metro Arts' website here

Digital rendering of Lelli's art in context, courtesy of metroartsnashville.com

Also selected by the citizen panel, local interdisciplinary artist Amber Lelli has created a sculpture — each element of which brings the beauty of Tennessee's ecosystem into the library — to be suspended inside the new building. You can read more about the art and artist here on Metro Arts' website.

Digital rendering of Amber Lelli's sculpture, courtesy of metroartsnashville.com

More to Come

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You can learn more about Donelson Branch Library's history on our blog.