Nashville Public Library
Main Carnegie Library opened in 1904. In 1965, the New Main Public Library opened on Eighth and Union. This library was designated as Ben West Library in 1977. On June 9, 2001 the new 300,000 sq. ft. Main Library building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects opened to the public.
A beautiful library with a gorgeous lobby, amazing children's area, and outdoor courtyard.
Visit Nashville's beautiful main library for art exhibits, lectures, to view the fabulous architecture and decorative designs. Free noon music concerts are held on the outdoor patio through out the warm weather seasons. A cafe downstairs has excellent food.
Has a wonderful civil rights room that brings you into the center of the student marches and sit-ins that make Nashville one of the centers of the civil rights movement history.
Check their website for their courtyard concerts schedule. They are wonderful and free!
Award winning Library in a stunningly beautiful building. If you find yourself downtown, wander into here and check out every floor. The grand reading room on the 3rd floor is amazing, as is the outdoor courtyard on the 2nd floor.
“We seriously love this place! We usually must divide our drink, dinner & dessert into 3 different venues - this place handled all 3 nicely!”
“Classic southern tea room - stop in to pick up chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches. Their fruit tea is famous ”
“Weight lifting/swimming/yoga, Anyone?!?!?! No disappointments here. It’s where I go to remove all of the brunch!! There is SO MUCH to do here and absolutely Everyone can enjoy.. from the little babies (daycare inside) to the elderly (specific personal trainers and gentle water aerobics classes). Heads up: for Non Members of a YMCA, the fee is $15.00 per person and per visit! Oh, and don’t forgot to grab yourself a cold smoothie from Smoothie King located right inside!!!”
“This place is a must if you love coffee and fresh pastries and bread - OH - and really nice people! The staff is always friendly and helpful and they have the yummiest treats! Very warm environment as well!”