All Nashville Public Library branches closed after bomb threat. Police say it wasn't credible.

Nashville Public Library
Posted at 2:19 PM, Sep 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-22 23:15:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville police said late Thursday afternoon a bomb threat made toward the Nashville Public Library wasn't credible.

Metro Nashville Police Department authorities said the threat likely came from out of state.

All Nashville Public Library branches closed Thursday afternoon after a "non-location specific bomb threat" was issued earlier in the day.

Police said the bomb threat happened around 10:30 a.m. when library staff notified them of the threat.

Councilwoman Ginny Welsch said it was around noon when she happened to see it all first hand. And while there was shock, there wasn't any surprise.

"This is so common now, this is domestic terrorism, this is trying to make us all afraid and a library is really the perfect target for this kind of stuff because it is a place of knowledge and information and history," she said.

Central Precinct officers joined with staff in checking the downtown building for suspicious items, while officers from other precincts did the same at branch library locations. Nothing out of the ordinary was found, police said.

Out of an abundance of caution, library leadership elected to close all libraries for the day.

Welsch said she's glad today was a false alarm, but said there are lessons to take away.

"Seeing that the garage, people had to get out one by one and stop and that it was so difficult, had that been a real situation we want to make sure that we have policies in place that make sure that the most people as possible can get out as quickly as possible and as safely as possible," she said.

Other news outlets across the country have reported similar threats to libraries in their cities, including Fort Worth, Denver and Salt Lake City.

All library branches are expected to open tomorrow for regular hours.