Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Rural library has a very important role in improving rural community literacy so that it will have an impact on social-economic development. This study aims to look at research trends related to rural libraries in Scopus database in the last ten years, and their benefits on socio-economic community development. The research was conducted using a bibliometrics analysis method to see research trend related to rural libraries and using Systematic Literature Review method to analyze the benefits of Rural Library on socio-economic, health and education. The results show that research related to rural libraries in Scopus Database is increasingly in demand, so far there are 83 articles written by 145 researchers with a total of 358 citation. The most dominant discussion theme is related to the purpose and role of the Rural Library. Based on the analysis of the Systematic Literature Review, it can also be concluded that the Rural Library has many roles and benefits for improving socio-economic, health and education of rural communities. Benefits to the community are provided in the form of organizing training and guidance, providing facilities, information and literature related to socio-economic, health and education. as a learning tool for non-formal students, initiating movements related to socio-economic and environmental issues, preventing youth from negative activities, and increasing the social sustainability of rural communities. In addition, several articles empirically prove the benefits of rural libraries on socio-economics, including health and education.