Why Join ACRL?

ACRL is the leading resource for the academic and research librarian community. Members have access to a wide array of benefits that increase their knowledge and expertise while building a network of peers necessary to support a successful career in the field. Members receive the following benefits:

Specialized resources

ACRL delivers the highest quality knowledge, products, and services. Members keep up-to-date with the latest developments with print and electronic copies of:

  • College and Research Libraries (bimonthly online-only research journal)
    Described as "one of the most widely respected journals in librarianship," C&RL publishes articles in all fields of interest and concern to academic and research librarians.
  • College and Research Libraries News (news magazine with 11 issues/ year)
    C&RLNews is the official news magazine and publication of record of ACRL. It has current information relating to issues, activities and personalities of the higher education and research library field.
  • Section newsletters (2 from the sections of your choice).

The value of these subscriptions alone exceeds the cost of dues. Members also receive substantial discounts on all  ACRL publications, including Academic Library Trends and Statistics

“Thank you ACRL for connecting librarians to information, research, advocacy, news, and all of the good stuff that arrives in our feeds and inboxes.” ~ Amy J. Barlow, ACRL member since 2008

Unique Community

ACRL members are part of a  welcoming, supportive community that nurtures individual development and fosters a deeper connection to the profession. It is this network that sets ACRL members apart and creates a support system for a career and a lifetime. Members have an opportunity to grow their network of like-minded professionals by becoming involved in  ACRL sections, which provide specialized newsletters,  discussion lists, annual conference programming, and discussion groups. Members gain crucial leadership experience, make valuable connections, and build ties with colleagues around the world. 

“I wanted to be a part of this community of professionals committed to the collections, the research, and the values of research libraries. I value the way that ACRL provides a structured means for research librarians with different perspectives to work together and support each other as we all work to meet our readers' needs.” ~ Jessica Pigza, ACRL member since 2006

Support for the Profession

ACRL and its members help academic and research libraries pursue a  broad agenda, ensuring that their roles are understood, valued, and protected by other stakeholders. ACRL enables the higher education community to better understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning, and research environments. The organization strives to set  standards for services and programs that create benchmarks for the profession. ACRL also develops  toolkits to help librarians convey key messages about the value of libraries to their communities. 

“I value ACRL’s national and international leadership in promoting the value of academic and research libraries. I appreciate the fact that ACRL is helping us think strategically about the future." ~ Clem Guthro, ACRL member since 2000


ACRL offers many opportunities to speak, to lead, and to publish in the field along with professional development opportunities, both virtual and face-to-face. ACRL’s professional development offerings include:

ACRL also provides  employment and career services as well as mentorship programs. Members enjoy substantial discounts on registrations for institutes, workshops, preconferences, e-learning, and the ACRL Conference. 

"I joined ACRL in 2001 and attended my first ACRL Conference that same year. I was so excited by the programming offered and I learned so much. Every session I attended connected to my responsibilities at work, particularly those programs related to instruction and information literacy. It was clear to me that this would be my ‘home’ for service and professional development, and it continues to be."  ~ Polly D. Boruff-Jones, ACRL member since 2001


ACRL, the preeminent professional organization in the field, provides the recognition you and your library deserve. Membership in ACRL provides valuable exposure for individual members and their libraries through  publications, conference presentations, and  awards programs

"The ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award re-affirm“s the importance of our efforts and encourages us to continue to adapt and meet the demands of the ever-changing climate of higher education.” ~ Cate Kaufman, director, Illinois Central College


ACRL is dedicated to developing members who are recognized as flexible, dynamic, and progressive leaders in their institutions and scholarly communities. ACRL members expand their knowledge and, ultimately, enhance the quality of library service delivered to their communities.

"ACRL brings recognition to the field, provides professional opportunities, helps members stay in touch, and elevates the profession by setting standards and guidelines. ACRL affirms what we are today and serves as the premier association for academic librarians." ~ Tyrone H. Cannon, Library Dean, Gleeson Library, Geschke Learning Resource Center

"I arrived where I am today because of my professional involvement in ACRL, and it has profited my library. ACRL membership is not just for you, but for your library." ~ Julie Todaro, Dean, Library Services, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

“Our library has benefited from contacts I have made through ACRL. The advice and ideas we share are invaluable.”  ~ Lisa N. Johnston, ACRL member since 1989