Join us in Nashville for a day-long seminar and start planning the library of the future, today.

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Nashville Public Library, this newest installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest thinking in library design.  Come together with librarians, architects, and vendors to explore the environmental impact and social benefits of sustainable design and learn how to design for community engagement, branch by branch and locale by locale.

Whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building  anew, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration no matter your budget!

“What a gift to have an all day, no cost session on library design. Outstanding venue, array of presentations and overall experience. Everyone involved in any aspect of library design should take advantage of the next opportunity.”
-Cindy Cleary, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture (CA)
Design Institute San Diego, 2015

This full-day event provides expert panel discussions with librarians and architects on pressing topics and trends in library space and design as well as a special panel focusing on the latest product offerings. Attendees have hands-on time in a small group architect-led breakout session dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by fellow attendees. There will also be plenty of face time and networking opportunities with architects, furniture and equipment vendors, and colleagues.

Admission is free but space is limited, so sign up today! Registration is open only to librarians and their city planners. If you are an architect and would like to sponsor, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman:



Hotel Information

Renaissance Nashville Hotelhotel_logo_250px
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN, 37203

Rate: $219 USD per night, single occupancy
Cutoff date: Nov 11, 2015
Group Block:
Library Journal
Book online: Click Here
Phone reservations:

Tour Information

Nashville Public Library will host 2 half-day bus tours to nearby branches on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Information for both tours is available below. Space is limited and sign-up is required.

Tour 1: 1 pm to 6 pm

1:00 pm: Pick-up at Nashville Public Library (main library)
1:45 pm: Arrive at South East Branch
3:15 pm: Arrive at Lightning Source
3:50 pm: Arrive at Ingram Content Group (This portion will involve a tour in the warehouse and a presentation along with light refreshments)
5:00 pm: Leave ICG to return to NPL

Southeast Branch Library

How do you transform a dismal, ghost anchor department store connected to a moribund mall into a vibrant, community magnet? See how Nashville did it with the 26,000 square foot Southeast branch library that opened in October 2015. What was previously a windowless big box, is now a gleaming and bright state of the art library feature a 24/7 electronic lobby, welcoming space for the fastest growing, most diverse quadrant of Nashville. The library feature wide open spaces with dedicated rooms for story time, Studio NPL (maker space), as well as interactive study and meeting spaces. The branch is filled with cutting edge technology to engage the community. All of this looks out onto a park that was formerly 5 acres of asphalt parking lot. The park covers the geothermal bore field that is part of the HVAC system for the library and adjacent community center.

Ingram Content Group

If you think your library moves a lot of books in a day, wait until you see the Ingram Content Group distribution center in nearby La Vergne, Tennessee. As the largest book distributor in the world, Ingram has turned handling large quantities of books, AV, and other items into a dazzling combination of science and art. The La Vergne distribution center covers 435,000 square feet and stocks more than 650,000 unique titles, with another 12 million available through print-to-order. In 2014, the La Vergne distribution center shipped 38 million units.

Besides all the titles available through Ingram, the library services team also offers a full range of shelf ready services and collection development help for libraries.


Tour 2: 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

1:30 pm: Pick-up at Nashville Public Library (Main library)
1:45 pm: Arrive at Looby Branch Library (Nashville Public Library) Renovated in March 2015
3:00 pm: Arrive at Bordeaux Branch Library (Nashville Public Library Renovated in October 2015
4:00 pm: Arrive at McGavock High School Library (Metro Nashville Public Schools; a Limitless Libraries renovation) Renovated in August 2015
5:00 pm: Leave McGavock High School to return to NPL

Looby Branch Library, built in 1976 and fully renovated in 2015, is an example of how mindful design and bold colors can bring new life to a small space. The Looby Branch and the adjacent community center are popular destinations for school-aged children and teens, and the redesigned service desk, bright colors, and dry erase walls in the teen space are a reflection of the library’s usage by kids and teens.

Bordeaux Branch Library reopened in late October 2015, after a full interior remodel / renovation. Some exciting new features include the central service desk, a brand new vending café area, flexible conference rooms for public use, Studio NPL which includes a teen maker space, and a Laptops Anytime machine. The Laptops Anytime allows patrons to check out laptops for an hour at a time for use within the library.

McGavock High School is the largest high school in Tennessee with a student population of 2,250. The school is very progressive and includes a student run credit union, aviation department with airplane simulator, and robotics programs. The library was not able to support the technology needs and concurrent class spaces needed. By renovating the 10,000 square foot space and adding three classrooms, three production suites and makerspace, the library is now ready for 2015 students and beyond.

Sign-up for a tour here!

Questions? Please email us at




Friday, December 4, 2015

9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN, 37203

Rate: $219 USD per night, single occupancy
Cutoff date: Nov 11, 2015
Book online: Click Here
Group Block: Library Journal
Phone: 678-695-9131


Roy Futterman
Advertising Director