The Nashville Public Library last created a master plan for its facilities in 1996. So [Larry] Price, [assistant director of branch services]. said it was time to evaluate demographic changes and determine whether its branches were large enough and in the right locations.
“And we were also looking for … where we have library service ‘deserts,’ ” he said.
Officials found a few deserts — like the areas around the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Trinity Lane in East Nashville.
The plan’s goal is for 90 percent of residents to be within 3 miles, or a 15-minute commute, of a library. Reaching that saturation could take 25 years, Price said. Along the way, residents will get a say in what these future libraries are like.