Across the United States, approximately half of all public libraries are located in non-metropolitan counties. Many of these libraries serve populations under 5,000, with most tribal libraries serving communities of 2,000 to 3,000 or fewer. In these counties and communities, local Rural, Native, and Tribal libraries serve as community centers and provide much-needed free Internet access to their patrons. In addition to their primary role as centers for information, Native and Tribal libraries strengthen cultural identity and Native language revitalization, promote intergenerational activities, and serve as serve as research centers for Tribal and non-tribal members. This Web site provides resources to help enrich, revitalize, advocate, and grow all these important institutions.
- ALA Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds
- Association for Rural & Small Libraries
- American Indian Library Association
- The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
- Task Force on Rural School, Tribal and Public Libraries Final Report (.pdf)
- Rural Library Survey Summary Report - Part I (.pdf)
- Rural Library Survey Summary Report - Part II (.pdf)
- TRAILS Tribal Procedure Manual (.pdf)
New: Presentations from 10/29/2010 "Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds" Webinar
Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds, ALA (.pdf)
Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds, Institute of Library and Museum Services (.pdf)
We Should Write a Grant , E-Copernicus (.pdf)
USDA Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture (.pdf)
Stories from the Field
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