Library access in rural areas

Professional literature in the field of librarianship rarely discusses accessibility from the angle of geography, yet the issue is vital for those living in rural areas. Two complementary sets of tools can be used to limit the discriminatory effects of the geographical divide. Facilities can be increased by making improvements to the documents available, while potential users can be brought into contact with library services by tackling the issue of demand. Both approaches occasionally imply challenges to long-established professional librarianship practices.