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The Metro Arts Lending Library

Metro Arts’ vision is that every Nashvillian should have access to a creative life, and few places are more accessible than our city’s public libraries.

The Lending Library, a partnership with Nashville Public Library, began in 2020 as a direct response to Nashville artists dealing with impacts of the March 3 tornado and COVID-19 outbreak. In the wake of these two major disruptions in the life and ecosystem of Nashville artists, Metro Arts devised a plan to provide direct, immediate financial support to artists and create a novel way for the greater Nashville community to access these artists and their work.

Metro Arts purchased sixty works of visual art from local artists and launched the Lending Library, a program which allows Nashville library card holders to browse and check out works of art in 3-month blocks of time.


Sixty original artworks from Nashville-area artists are available for anyone with a Nashville Public Library card to check out at NPL’s Madison and Southeast branches. Learn more on the Nashville Public Library website.

View the overview video about the Metro Arts Lending Library below, and watch videos featuring individual artists on our YouTube channel

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