General reference question are assigned to a librarian or archivist. Most questions are answered in two business days. Complex questions may require more time.


Our telephone reference desk is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST), Tuesday through Saturday. Call 615-741-2764 to speak with a reference librarian or archivist.


A librarian is available to answer quick reference questions from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST), Tuesday through Saturday. The chat widget is located on the Library and Archives Homepage.

On Bicentennial Mall

We are located adjacent to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North, on the northern edge of downtown Nashville. The Library & Archives is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time), Tuesday through Saturday, and staff are available to assist with your reference inquiries.

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