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Your library card gives you free access to over two million books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs, streaming movies, music, and more. Would you surrender your right to choose any one of them?

"The freedom to read is...continuously under attack." This is an excerpt from American Library Association's 1953 Freedom to Read statement, which could well have been written today. Since the American Library Association (ALA) began tracking challenges against books in the 1980s, the organization has recorded thousands of challenges made in cities across the U.S.

In contrast, 71% of readers oppose efforts to remove books from their local public libraries, according to an ALA survey of 1,000 voters and 472 parents of public-school children. That poll comprised Democrats 75%, Republicans 70% and independent voters 58%. As well, a recent poll shows that 68% of Tennessee voters oppose book banning. That includes removing books from school libraries, and those strongly opposed include the majority of urban, suburban, and rural voters.

For our Freedom to Read campaign, we’re calling on everyone to celebrate intellectual freedom with us, with a free, special edition “Banned Books” Nashville Public Library card. The limited edition cards are available at all 21 library locations (while supplies last). You can also buy t-shirts and coffee mugs via our library foundation.

Already have a library card? Visit your local library location to get your special edition one today! There’s no fee to switch out your existing card for this special design, and you can keep your existing card number if you'd like.

Don't have a card yet? Sign up for online access to NPL's collection now, then visit a branch to swap your online access number for an I Read Banned Books library card (while supplies last).

About Your Library Card

You can use your card at all 21 Nashville Public Library locations and for all online 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.

Getting a Card

Davidson County Residents

Library cards are free for all residents of Davidson County.

Nonresidents

If you live outside Davidson County, you can receive a free library card to check out physical items only or you can pay a $10 yearly fee to obtain access to online resources in addition.

  • To get a card, present your ID and proof of address at any Nashville Public Library location.

Accepted Forms of ID

  • Driver's License or Learner's Permit
  • School ID (if under 18)
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • ID Only with Date of Birth

Accepted Proofs of Address

  • Mail postmarked within the last month
  • Pay stub dated within the last month
  • Utility bill dated within the last month
  • Voter registration card
  • Current lease/Deed agreement

Loan Rules

See complete checkout, hold, and renewal info by material type (book, ebook, curriculum kit, etc.).