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NPL Adult Literacy supports organizations serving adult learners by offering information, access to education technologies and tools, and professional development.

Register for the 2020 Middle TN Adult Education Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2020 Middle TN Adult Education Symposium! Adult Education practitioners, including program managers, executive directors, instructors, and other champions of adult literacy, are invited to join the Nashville adult education community on October 21-23, 2020. We invite you to collaborate with us. The 2020 Middle TN Adult Education Symposium will take place online on Wednesday, October 21 - Friday, October 23, 2020. Expand your skills and your network at this 2.5 day virtual conference offered free of charge to the Tennessee adult education community.

Tools for Learners

Classes for Adult Learners

Find classes for your adult learners in ESL, HiSET, and more. Classes take place at various locations in Davidson County.

View Upcoming Adult Literacy Classes

HSE | ESL | Digital Skills | Citizenship | Secondary Ed and Career Prep

Nashville Helps

The Nashville Helps tool is currently under construction. An updated version will be available soon.

Using the Library Videos

See how to get a library card, how to borrow materials, and how to use public computers.

English | Spanish | Arabic

Pathway for New Americans

Pathway for New Americans a community-wide approach to promoting citizenship education and awareness in Davidson County.

Go to Pathway for New Americans


Fresh Reads eBooks

Fresh reads connects all adult readers to great books.

Professional Development


Every 3 months, join us for a conference designed to increase your impact. Choose from an engaging menu of options including breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking.

View Conference Information

Events Calendar

Find upcoming professional development workshops and conferences.

View Calendar

Meeting & Presenter Notes

Meeting notes from past conferences and presenter notes and slides from past events.

View Notes in Box

Online Discussion

Join our Facebook Group for adult educators and ask questions, discover solutions, and share best practices.

NPL Adult Education Community

Adult Educator of the Year

This award honors a teacher who makes significant contributions to the work of Adult Education in Middle Tennessee.

View Past Award Recipients


The monthly newsletter is an easy way to stay connected with our upcoming events and featured resources.

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Collective Impact

Collective impact is a framework for cross-sector collaboration which is used to solve complex social problems. Adult Literacy @ NPL supports the collective impact initiative addressing the complex issue of adult literacy in our community.

More About Collective Impact

Our Work


COVID-19 Resources

The adult literacy team is gathering resources to help you and your learners during this challenging time.



Mobile Lab

Available to nonprofit partners in Davidson County. Lab includes 10 laptops and 1 Wi-Fi hotspot which can be delivered throughout the city for pop-up computer classes.


Library 101 Tour

For adult education students and their families. Discover free resources for adults, families, children, and teens available with your Nashville Public Library card. This tour can be tailored for speakers from non-English backgrounds.


Library to You

Request a workshop led by library staff. Select from our prepared workshops, like Library Resources or Online Tools for the Job Search, or create a custom workshop for your learners' needs. We can also bring our mobile lab for hands-on practice.


Library Classroom Space

Nashville Public Library offers meeting rooms and a fully-equipped computer classroom free for community use. Get details and book online.

Branch Library Meeting Rooms

Main Library Computer Classroom

Library Card Registration

Request a library card sign up table at your next event.



Tools for Educators

Pathways for Adult Learners

Learn how to make better referrals throughout the community. Look on the Zone Map and find the color of your zone. Use the color to find appropriate resources.

Education Pathway

Social Services Pathway

Adult Education Dashboard

How many adult learners do we serve around the city? This dashboard tracks our collective progress. 

Go to the Adult Education Dashboard

Tech Toolkit

Resources for adult educators looking to integrate digital skills into their instruction.

Access the Tech Toolkit



NPL connects Davidson County’s adult literacy community by serving as a central hub where adult learners and the organizations serving them can get information, access to education technologies and tools, and become enriched through professional development. NPL’s Adult Literacy program aligns library resources to meet community need in the areas of High School Equivalency (HSE), English Language Learners (ELL), Job Skills, and Digital Literacy.

For more information about Nashville Public Library's Adult Educator opportunities and Adult Literacy programs, contact or (615) 880-2264.

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