What's Your Library Card Really Worth?

As it happens, it's worth $2,951!

Everyone knows a Nashville Public Library card is FREE. But how do you really measure what Nashville’s public library is worth?

Watch the video, read the report, and share how you use your library card to save money.

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About the Study

Nashville Public Library commissioned the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to do an independent study measuring the value of NPL programs and services to individual Nashvillians, families, supporters, and the city as a whole. Learn more about the library's return on investment (ROI).


  • The Library saves every resident an average of $141 a year. That’s $141 per person, for 668,337 residents in Davidson County, every year.
  • For every dollar Davidson County invests into its library, through tax dollars and also private and corporate donations, NPL returns $3.06 in direct benefits.
  • Households that fully use NPL's resources can realize almost $3,000 in savings per family, per year.
  • The direct economic impact to the city of Nashville of all NPL programs, services, and collections totals more than $94 million.

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Households the fully use NPL's resources can realize almost $3,000 in savings per family, per yearThe market value of NPL collections, services, and programs is $141 per person county wideFor every dollar spent, NPL's return on investment to the city is $3.06