The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

Our Mission: ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

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

ARSL Annual Conference

ARSL's annual conference is the premiere conference for rural and small library professionals, advocates, and supporters. Mark your calendars for 2021 to join us October 20-23 in beautiful Reno/Sparks, Nevada!

2021 Conference

ARSL Quarterly Newsletter Submissions

We are working on the next issue of the ARSL newsletter and would love to feature your stories! If you would like to contribute, please consider submitting an article (250 - 750 words) plus a picture and/or headshot by August 6. What's new at your library? Did you plan something completely new and different for Summer Reading? Have you gotten a grant or award that you're excited about? Have you attended a webinar or conference program that really inspired you? Have you started a new service and everyone is asking how you did it? 

We have a new submission process -- Newspaper articles and "Small Victories" (very short exciting news such as promotions, new collections, or other celebrations) can be submitted via the online forms below.

Submit Newsletter Article Submit "Small Victories" 

ARSL Newsletter Naming Contest

The ARSL Newsletter needs a name and we need your help to name it! Names can be funny or serious, but they should all reflect our Association's mission: to build strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

Submission Deadline: August 16

To sweeten the deal we're adding a special prize for the winner: FREE conference registration for the 2021 or the 2022 ARSL Conference, in-person or virtual, winner's choice! This prize is transferrable to another ARSL member if the winner is unable to attend the 2021 or 2022 ARSL Conference.

Submit Newsletter Names

 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Register as a Sponsor or Exhibitor for the 2021 ARSL Conference to support the premier professional association for rural and small libraries! We anticipate having not one, but two bustling exhibit halls - one on site in Sparks, Nevada and one online through the Whova conference app. After our record-shattering attendance of more than 2,000 library professionals at the 2020 virtual conference we are excited to offer more avenues than ever to help our sponsors and exhibitors build mutually-beneficial connections with our attendees.

Register as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Advertiser

ARSL Conference Updates


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*Advocates includes library Trustees, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers


Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops are back for our in-person attendees this year! These workshops are priced separately from general conference attendance and will take place on Wednesday, October 20. Check out the Program Descriptions page for full workshop details!

4-Hour Workshops (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) | ARSL Members: $65 | Nonmembers: $85

3-Hour Workshops (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) | ARSL Members: $50 | Nonmembers: $70


Conference Hotel

The Nugget Resort in Sparks, Nevada
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV, 89431

Conference Hotel Rate: $99/night single/double occupancy plus taxes and fees

To Book By Phone: Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for Group Code GARSL21

Click Here To Book Online

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference!

Conference Store

The ARSL 2021 Conference Store will feature the 2021 conference logo on short sleeve tees, long sleeve tees, regular sweatshirts, and hooded sweatshirts, as well as ARSL logo embroidered cardigans and shirts.

New this year: the ARSL Retro Line!

Featuring fan favorites from the most recent ARSL conferences, the ARSL Retro Line is your opportunity to pick up the conference tee you wish you had! Each design will be available in one color and style. The Retro Line will include the following conference designs:

  • Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln, Springfield, IL (2018)
  • Tap In To Libraries, Burlington, VT (2019)
  • SOAR With Libraries, 2020 Virtual Conference

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.