Outreach Resources for services to Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of all Kinds

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.

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RNTLOAK Resources

New: Presentations from 10/29/2010 "Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds" Webinar

Stories from the Field

Visit the Diversity and Outreach Columns blog for stories from the field of library outreach, including outreach at rural, native, and tribal libraries of all kinds.


For more information, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4294,
or email diversity@ala.org