Rural Libraries

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Resources for rural librarians, including funding, professional development opportunities, and programming ideas. Also, reports and statistics on rural education.

Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Research and policy development and funding opportunities for museums and libraries nationwide. Learn more about grant programs, including opportunities targeted to small libraries and museums. 

NIH. NLM. National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

National network of health science libraries, public libraries, and community-based organizations. Provides funding and training opportunities to increase access to health information. Connect with your region for more information. 

Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

This association is "comprised of libraries of all types including public, school, small urban branches, special and corporate, and small academic."

American Indian Library Association.

"Improving library and information services for American Indians." An affiliate of the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association supports Indian libraries and information networks and raises awareness about the information needs of Indian communities.

American Library Association.

A committee of the American Library Association with the charge "[t]o review issues and challenges facing rural, native and tribal libraries of all kinds; to collaborate with other ALA units addressing the needs of rural communities; and to serve as an advocate for and partner with libraries serving rural, tribal and native populations."


"WebJunction is the place where public library staff gather to build the knowledge, skills and support we need to power relevant, vibrant libraries."

USDA. Rural Development.

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Community Facilities funds can be used for rural libraries facilities and equipment.

The Pilcrow Foundation. 

Non-profit organization which donates new hardcover children's books to rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries. Continues the work of the Libri Foundation.