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2021 ARSL Conference

When: October 20-23, 2021
Where: Reno/Sparks, Nevada

The 2021 ARSL Conference will be held at the Nugget Resort in Reno/Sparks, Nevada, from October 20-23. We hope to see you for the full in-person experience, though we will also have select virtual offerings for those who can’t make the trip this time.

Our committee is excited to announce our 2021 theme: The Biggest Little Library Conference. Our libraries may be small, but our community is mighty. As we come together to share ideas and learn from each other in Reno, the “Biggest Little City,” the possibilities are huge. Our goal is to infuse principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into every level of the conference, from including diverse perspectives in programs to removing barriers to access.

Registration Information

There's still time to register for virtual attendance! Can’t make it to Sparks this year for the full conference experience? You have the opportunity to register for virtual access! You can experience live streams of keynote events and featured sessions, watch a selection of on-demand virtual sessions, and network with both virtual and in-person attendees through the Whova conference app. 

Registration for virtual access to the conference will remain open through the end of October; on-demand virtual sessions will be accessible through the end of 2021.

Consider joining ARSL when you register! With our lowest membership tier priced at only $15 annually, qualifying conference attendees who join ARSL when they register can unlock all of the benefits of membership for the same price they would have paid as a nonmember!


Member Virtual Registration: $50   Nonmember Virtual Registration: $75      Advocate* Virtual Registration: $25

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


8/23/2021 Update: ARSL Board Votes to Require Proof of Vaccination

In the interest of ensuring the safety of our attendees and presenters, and based on the best available information from the CDC regarding large indoor gatherings, the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries has voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to attend the 2021 ARSL Conference in person. You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after your second shot if you receive(d) two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after you receive(d) a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

Attendees who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be denied admission to the conference. If you have been advised against receiving the COVID-19 vaccination by your doctor, you may provide documentation of that medical exemption on official clinic or hospital letterhead in lieu of a vaccination card. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination are invited to join us for the virtual conference experience. The ARSL office will be glad to assist you in changing your registration as needed; no administrative fees will be charged to registrants as a result of these changes.

We hope that this decision will help our attendees feel more secure attending our in-person event, and we look forward to reconnecting and growing with you this October.

Please direct any questions to the ARSL office at [email protected].



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