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Community libraries in developing countries can be important sites of knowledge exchange and acquisition for women with little or no formal education living in communities characterized by extreme poverty and gender inequities. As locally managed and operated institutions, specific needs identified by community members shape their mandates, activities, and types of resources. Community libraries also offer a "neutral" space where women can safely gather and independently or collectively pursuedoi:10.1515/libr.2009.012 fatcat:crvhz22iandgjpfnbhd2ny4viq