The Rural Library Clearinghouse

Thanks to California’s Rural Library Initiative for sharing the wealth of resources in the Rural Library Clearinghouse. This online resource is free to anyone, regardless of where you’re from. Register to access the clearinghouse and to receive an occasional online newsletter.

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The mission of the Rural Initiative Resources Clearinghouse is to create and maintain an online archive of resources to support California’s rural public library directors and staff in serving their public mission more efficiently. By seeking out and sharing examples of commonly needed documents, materials, and programs in all aspects of library operations and services, the Clearinghouse benefits rural libraries by eliminating the need to “reinvent the wheel” for every new policy, practice, procedure or project needed at the local level.

The Clearinghouse is a project of the California State Library’s Rural Initiative, an LSTA-funded project to direct additional resources to geographically isolated libraries in the state. The Rural Library Initiative assists the State Library in addressing its own mission, which is: “For all people of the state, free and convenient access to all library resources and services that might enrich their lives, regardless of where they live or of the tax base of their local government.” (CA Ed. Code Sec 19701)

The Rural Initiative and the Rural Library Resources Clearinghouse are supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum of Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Collection of materials and resources for some sections of the Clearinghouse is provided pro bono by California public librarians.

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