Oct 5, 2006
Press Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S Representative Jim Cooper (D, Tenn., 5th Congressional district), has announced that he will move his congressional office from the Doctor's Building at 706 Church St. to vacant retail space at the Main Library building on Church St.

The downtown library was planned with retail space available to the market to provide a revenue stream for the Nashville Public Library Foundation, which helps support library.

"We're happy about this move," Cooper said. "It allows us the space to serve constituents conveniently, while remaining centrally located to their communities."

Official business and meetings with constituents will be conducted by Cooper at the new office, which is leased by the Nashville Public Library Foundation for a two-year period. By federal law, Cooper is prohibited from electioneering or campaigning in the new space, and must abide by library policy regarding the distribution of political materials.

"Libraries are essential institutions in a democratic society," said Donna Nicely, director of Nashville Public Library, "and we're pleased that Congressman Cooper is locating his office here."

Renovations have now begun on the space, located in the storefront area of the downtown library adjacent to Provence Bakery & Café at 601 Church St.

About Nashville Public Library Foundation

The Nashville Public Library Foundation provides private funding for enhancements to library buildings, programs and collections. Recent gifts have funded a youth empowerment program and professionally curated art exhibits, as well as Bringing Books to Life, a pre-school literacy program, and the "Puppet Truck," which brings the library's historic marionettes to children throughout Nashville.

About Nashville Public Library

The Nashville Public Library offers a collection of more than 1.4 million circulating items including books, videos, DVDs, CDs and eAudiobooks, as well as more than 600 public-use computers, 24/7 reference assistance, and free monthly exhibits and programs including the marionette shows by Wishing Chair Productions seen by nearly 5,000 children each month. For more information, call 615-862-5800 or visit