The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries. ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.

The Benefits of Membership

ARSL proudly supports and represents rural & small library staff. We welcome library staff of all kinds, partners, and ally organizations to learn more about ARSL membership. 

Become a Member

2020 ARSL Conference

#ARSL2020 will be held virtually. Please visit out conference page for information on dates, format, and programming as we transition to an online event.

2020 Conference Homepage

Registration Is Open for #ARSL2020—Now Online!


Due to popular demand we are reopening registration for the 2020 ARSL Conference already underway!

When: September 28–October 2, 2020
Where: Now online!

New registrations will be processed each morning at 7:00am PST (10:00 am EST) and those registrants should receive their invitation to join the Whova conference platform that same day by 8:00am PST, so they may attend the remaining live conference and access past recordings. Attendees who register after 7:00am PST this week will be given access by 8:00am PST on the next full conference day. All registrants will have access to all program recordings through December 31, 2020.

Not yet a member of ARSL? Now's the perfect time to join! You can also use the Conference Registration Form to establish or renew your ARSL membership.

Voting Is Open for the 2021 ARSL Board Elections

The Elections Committee invites all current ARSL members to vote in the 2021 ARSL Board Election!

Voting is open from Tuesday, September 8 through 11:59 pm on Monday, September 21. There are 5 Board positions up for election.

Candidate information and position descriptions can be found on the Elections page. If you have any trouble filling out the ballot please email the ARSL office at [email protected] or call (206) 453-3579 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm CST.

Vote in the 2021 ARSL Board Election
ARSL 2020-2021 Candidate Statements


ARSL Receives IMLS Grant for Leadership Institute

ARSL's Board of Directors is excited to share this press release that ARSL has been selected to receive a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Award for our “Outstanding in Their Field” ARSL Leadership Institute.

This IMLS grant will fund the development of an immersive institute tailored to elevate those in key positions in rural and small libraries to step confidently into leadership roles in their libraries, their communities, our association, and the larger library field.

Stay tuned for more details coming via our member listserv soon!

ARSL Statement on Anti-Racism

Because Black lives matter and library professionals can be agents of change in rural and small communities across the nation, ARSL urges our members to stand up and speak out to end systemic oppression and police brutality. The ARSL Board of Directors is in active discussion about how we will commit to anti-racist work within our association.

Silence is compliance.

ARSL Round Tables

This is an uncertain time for everyone but we are all in this together. If staff are working from home, how are they adapting? What services are currently being offered, and what ways can we increase access to them? Drop in for this opportunity to talk with your peers to learn how they are managing the COVID-19 public health crisis. All are welcome to attend and participate in our free, one-hour weekly ARSL COVID Round Tables