The Nashville Room, Special Collections Division, which is located on the main library's second floor, serves as a repository and research center for historic Nashville materials. The Division currently consists of the Nashville Room, the Civil Rights Room, the Nashville Banner Archives, and four Writer's Rooms. The Nashville Room provides access to over 28,000 books relating to Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee history and culture. The Civil Rights Room is housed in the Nashville Room's west wing. This space, which was opened to the public in 2003, features a permanent display of civil rights photographs from The Tennessean and Nashville Banner newspapers and a symbolic replica of the lunch counters from the sit-in movement.
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