The Limitless Libraries Research

About the Study
In 2009, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean envisioned Limitless Libraries (LL), a partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to strengthen school libraries and increase use of the Nashville Public Library’s collections for children and youth.

By 2013, LL was established in all 128 of the city’s traditional schools, including 16 high schools, 35 middle schools, 74 elementary schools, and 3 exceptional education schools. More than 25,000 MNPS students – 15,000 of them first-time library users – are registered to use LL, and, in 2013, active users received more other physical formats, LL provides a core collection of eBooks and

databases as well as audiovisual materials and materials for English Language Learners. LL also loans 192 netbooks, 108 Nooks, and 115 iPad Minis to enable students without access to such technology at home to use databases and eBooks.

By October 2011, discussions about commissioning a study to assess the impact of Limitless Libraries had begun, and, in June 2012, the study was funded. It was conducted during calendar year 2013.

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Research Study Full Report
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