About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.

ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL currently has a membership of more than 11,000 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership.

A listing of common ACRL acronyms and their meanings

Annual Reports
Annual reports produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Information about ACRL bylaws.

Directory of Leadership
Information about the Board of Directors, Committees, Sections, Task Forces, and other groups that make up ACRL's structure.

ACRL results plus candidate listings, statements from the vice president/president elect candidates, and more.

Give to ACRL
Information on how to donate and support ACRL and its initiatives.

An article published in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third Edition that gives an overview of ACRL and its history.

Information on how to join ACRL and how to make the most of your membership once you belong.


Strategic Plan
Detailed information about the ACRL Strategic Plan.