ACRL Membership

Academic and research librarians are motivated by the extraordinary possibilities that higher education offers, and are indispensable partners in making our educational communities more effective. The Association of College and Research Libraries is home to academic librarians in all types of libraries working together to advance learning and transform scholarship across the country, and all over the globe. We know that the higher education landscape is always changing, and you want to learn, advance, and contribute. Join ACRL today and discover a vibrant community of deep-thinking, committed members who understand the issues that are unique to academic and research libraries.

Join ACRL!

Attendees pose with Carla Hayden at ACRL 2017    ACRL’s Values

  • Equitable Access to Information
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Exemplary Service to Members
  • Global Perspectives
  • Integrity and Transparency
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Responsible Stewardship of Resources
  • Transformation
  • Visionary Leadership

Meeting Friends at ACRL 2017     Value of Joining

  • Keep up to date through ACRL publications and resources
  • Maintain and expand your network of peers
  • Show support for the profession and ACRL’s advocacy work
  • Learn new skills to become more proficient in your job
  • Advance your career through committee volunteer service


I found my people!

Before joining ACRL, I was trying to maneuver through the world of librarianship on my own without even realizing it. After attending several ACRL sessions at ALA Annual Conference, I felt as though I had finally “found my people”! I love connecting with college and university librarians from all over the globe and sharing ideas. These connections make me a more effective instructor, librarian, and leader on campus.” ~ Susan Mythen, Florida State College at Jacksonville


Annual Dues

Regular member              $66
Retired member               $43
Student member              $5

Please note: You must be a personal member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join ACRL and alternate rates may apply. Membership rates listed above do not include the price of ALA personal membership. An ALA/ACRL personal membership form is available. Information about ALA dues is also available.

Your institution can also show its support for academic libraries and receive access to valuable professional resources for its staff by becoming an Organizational Member in ACRL.


If you have questions regarding membership dues or becoming a member, please contact the ALA Member and Customer Service (MACS) Center at or 1-800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central