The mission of the Harold D. Cooley Library is to provide materials and programs for the enrichment of our community by meeting their educational, cultural, recreational, and research needs. We serve as a clearinghouse of information for our community as well as using that information and technology to bridge the digital divide.
The women of Nashville’s civic clubs founded Cooley Library in 1942 and the Alston Street facility was built in 1971. The library was housed in the Alston Street facility until July 2004. The library moved to a temporary location at 501 S. Barnes Street. In October of 2007, the library made a final move to its permanent home at 114 W. Church Street.
The library was dedicated to Congressman Harold Dunbar Cooley, a Nashville, North Carolina, native and a U.S. Congressman from 1934 until 1966. Mr. Cooley made extensive contributions to the field of agriculture by serving as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1949 to 1966. He was also instrumental in the nation’s farming program by his key role in the development of the Farmers Home Administration, the Soil Conservation Service, the Crop Insurance Program, the Tobacco Program as well as the Wheat and Cotton Programs, numerous farm bills, preparation and passage of soil conservation legislation, the Federal Crop Insurance Program, and the Food for Freedom Act. For his extensive contributions to farming and agriculture, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, the North Carolina State Grange, and the Progressive Farmer honored Mr. Cooley with Man of the Year Awards.
To get a card
You must be at least 16 years of age to receive a library card and live or work in Nash County. Children under the age of 16 may have their own card as long as a parent or legal guardian co-signs for them.
Cooley Library houses a collection of approximately 26,000 volumes. Our genealogy section has information on Nash and surrounding counties as well as some families in the area. In addition, we subscribe to various periodicals and newspapers covering all age groups and interests. We also have DVD’s, videos and audios for both children and adults.Loan Period/Renewals
The loan period for most materials is 2 weeks with 1 renewal. The exception would be books classified as “new arrivals” which may be checked out with no renewals. DVD’s and magazines check out for 7 days with no renewal.
The fine for overdue materials is .25/day per item for a maximum of $10.00
Cooley Library currently has 12 computers for public use. Eight computers are Internet enabled and are also loaded with word processing software. Four of the computers are children’s computers with over 30 educational games. Due to the limited number of computers available and demand, use of the computers is limited to one hour per day per patron.
Contact us at (252) 459-2106