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Mission

Inspire Reading, Advance Learning, and Connect our Community.

Administration

Name Title Phone Number
Kent Oliver Library Director (615) 862-5760
Elyse Adler Assistant Director for Education and Literacy (615) 862-5776
Lee Boulie Assistant Director For Collections and Technology (615) 862-5805
Susan Drye Assistant Director for Administrative Services (615) 880-2614
Terri Luke Assistant Director for Branch Services (615) 862-5761
Jena Schmid Assistant Director for Main Library (615) 862-5806

Library Directory

Find Library departments, managers, and administration contacts.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Building Projects and Master Plan

To keep pace with Music City’s booming population growth and blossoming neighborhood diversity, we’ve designed a roadmap called the NPL Facilities Master Plan.

Learn more about building projects and our strategic goals.

Strategy Map

The strategy map outlines Nashville Public Library's business objectives for 2018-2020.

Download the PDF (505 KB)

View the Strategy Map on Issuu

Annual Report

The annual report provides statistical data on library operations and gives a snapshot of how the library impacts the community every year.

View the 2019 Annual Report

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Community Partnership Fund - Literacy

Library History

Nashville's first public library was the Howard Library, established in 1898. Read about our early history and view a timeline of milestones for the Nashville Public Library system.

View History and Timeline

Library Board

The Library Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call Library Administration at (615) 862-5760 for information about Library Board meetings. Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to Sandy Cohen at (615) 862-5750 or (615) 862-5752.

Board Members

  • Keith B. Simmons, Library Board Chair
  • Kate R. Ezell
  • Dr. Adriana Bialostozky
  • Robert K. Oermann
  • Charvis Rand
  • Joyce Searcy
  • Katy Varney

Upcoming Schedule and Agenda

Meeting Schedule

Current Board Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Schedule and Meeting Policies

Standing Policy Rules and Bylaws of the Library Board (pdf)

Procedures for Outside Parties Wishing to Address the Library Board (pdf)

Board Reports

NPL Board Reports are a compilation of administrative area narrative reports, performance metrics, and library policy development. 

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