Membership

As a member of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), you’ll be part of a diverse and engaged community of librarians serving every kind of academic and research library. ACRL, the largest division of the American Library Association, is a national organization of academic and research libraries and librarians with more than 12,000 members representing librarians working with all types of academic libraries—community and junior college, college, and university—as well as comprehensive and specialized research libraries and their professional staffs.

Membership Benefits
Your decision to become a member of ACRL will not only help you, it will enrich the entire association and profession.  Each member we add strengthens our visibility within the higher education community and helps us frame the debate on policies and regulations affecting academic and research libraries. Most importantly, membership in ACRL will not only enable you to learn from your colleagues around the world, it will also give us a chance to learn from you. ACRL  

Membership Applications
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).

To join by phone (toll-free), call 1-800-545-2433 (press 5).

Meet Our Members
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.

ACRL New Member Wiki
This wiki is designed to help guide new ACRL members. We hope you will add new content, exchange information with each other, and help us expand and develop this wiki.

The Top 10 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.

Volunteer
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.

Mentoring
Grow with the help of colleagues who understand what you do through the  College Library Directors Mentor Program, the Science & Technology Section's  Sci/Tech Library Mentors for new science and technology librarians, and the  ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.  If you are looking for a mentor or would like to be a mentor, be sure to check out ALA MentorConnect. Advice and support is also available through the seventeen section discussion lists.

Moving?
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.