International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

The role of community libraries in the alleviation of information poverty for sustainable development

Md. Salim Mia
  • Md. Salim Mia
  • Central Library, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 13 May 2020
  •  Accepted: 21 July 2020
  •  Published: 31 August 2020


This literature review focused on the role of rural community libraries in minimizing information poverty. The potentials of rural community libraries in promoting sustainable development are discussed in this article. The necessity of information poverty alleviation for sustainable development is also discussed. The study found that information poverty is an obstacle whereas information is a key to achieving sustainable development. The study also found that community library is not only a library of few shelves of books but also a hub of the local communities, particularly of the rural and disadvantaged communities offering a continuously changeable information resource for the community. It empowers individuals and communities to help them reach their goals. It lays down the foundation stone for sustainable development.


Key words: Community library, information poverty, sustainable development.