The new Goodlettsville Branch Library, a 16,000-square-foot building that is four times the size of the previous branch, opened Friday.
The library, located at 205 Rivergate Parkway, prominently features local history in its interior design, was built with environmental stewardship and sustainability in mind, connects to an elementary school and includes the city’s first piece of publicly funded neighborhood art. It is the first library in the Nashville Public Library system with a café-style coffee and vending area.
“To say that I am excited about the completion of this library is an understatement,” said Mayor Karl Dean, who was on hand to open the facility. “It is an understatement because this building is so much more than a library: It is a hub for lifelong learning. We have come a long way from the one-room library at the old Goodlettsville community center that many of you remember.”
The library features an interactive history wall, allowing visitors touchscreen access to video, audio, photos and text documents that highlight Goodlettsville’s history. Further, the building includes a children’s area, teen area, and more than 35 public-use computers, as well as a 100-person meeting room.
“The new Goodlettsville Library incorporates the newest thinking in library service,” Library Director Donna Nicely said in a release. “The central service desk, café vending area and flexible space create a community environment unlike any other branch in the system.”
The library connects to Goodlettsville Elementary School by a sidewalk and a special library entrance.
“It is exciting to imagine the possibilities of this type of relationship,” Dean said. “It is exciting to think about a class asking a question and the teacher deciding to walk them to the library to discover the answer.”