As a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the higher education association for librarians, you'll be part of a diverse and engaged community of librarians serving every kind of academic and research library. Join ACRL today and become part of a global community committed to transforming academia.
ACRL members learn, grow, innovate, lead, and succeed as individuals and as part of the academic library community. Watch this video to learn more about the variety of ways our members are inspired by their association.
ACRL 101: Making the Most of the ALA 2017 Annual Conference
Getting ready to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? The ACRL Membership Committee shares some strategic advice for getting the most out of the Chicago convention. The slides and recording of the one-hour session are now available.
Applications - How to Apply
We offer seven personal member categories including first-time members (ALA/ACRL); renewing; international (for those who do not hold U.S. citizenship); retired, student, library support staff, and associate (for those not employed in library and information services or related activities).
Your decision to become a member of ACRL will not only help you, it will enrich the entire association and profession.
Member of the Week
The ACRL community is rich in innovation, talent, creativity, energy, and dedication. Meet some of our members and find out how ACRL has made a personal difference in their careers and why academic librarianship matters.
Grow with the help of colleagues who understand what you do. Advice and support is also available through the seventeen section discussion lists.
This community in ALA Connect is designed to help guide new ACRL Members. Provides information about upcoming conference orientations, getting published, and becoming involved.
The Top 12 Ways to Get Involved with ACRL
ACRL provides members with meaningful opportunities to become active and to engage with colleagues. Our members give back to the association and gain essential experience in return. ACRL encourages members to form social and professional relationships that last a lifetime. This list will give you ways to get started. Not sure you have time? Take a look at our list of suggestions. You'll be surprised at what you can do in 5, 10, or 20 minutes. See Got a Minute? Options for Engagement with ACRL.
Volunteer for an ACRL Committee
Volunteers not only give to the association, they get back from the association by building ties with academic and research librarians around the country; enhancing leadership skills through communication and collaboration; sharing expertise with colleagues; and gaining additional knowledge in new areas.
Working with ACRL
ACRL has a number of tools to help you better understand the workings of the Association and guide you through the process of working with ACRL.
Login to the ALA website, click on “View My ALA,” then choose “Update My Profile” to make changes to your contact information. Be sure to click “Save and Continue” at the bottom of the page to validate your changes. Or call ALA Member Services at 800-545-2433, ext. 5.