Membership in ALSC

ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. And with that comes a network of members who share knowledge, build new programs and services, and advocate for better library service.

Interested in learning more about ALSC membership? Take two minutes to watch the video above or check out our full playlist of membership testimonials from the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Student gift membership

ALSC is pleased to announce a new program to offer a free, two-year membership for current and recent graduates of ALA-accredited Master of Library Science/Master of Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) programs. Applications open December 1, 2016 and will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

The value of ALSC Membership

By becoming an ALSC member, you are not only taking advantage of an amazing opportunity for growth. You're also supporting the mission of youth library service around the globe. ALSC members are invited to enjoy the benefits of division membership and ALA membership! Learn more about how you can put your ALSC membership to work below!
Access to resources that strengthen libraries
  • A subscription to Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, a quarterly publication, delivered in print and digitally, that provides continuing education for librarians working with children and showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and programs of the association.
  • Apply for $100k annually in awards, scholarships and grants available only to ALSC members
  • 10% discount on professional products including ALSC books on awards, best practices and innovative programming ideas
  • Travel scholarships for special events such as the National Institute and ALSC preconferences
  • Access to the ALSC Annual Report, which highlights all of the important actions and activities from the previous year
  • ALSC’s Everyday Advocacy website and the Everyday Advocacy Matters newsletter, designed to nurture and support all advocates of library service to children and librarians serving youth

Professional development opportunities that transform careers

  • 10% discount on quarterly online courses that develop new skills and areas of expertise for librarians and children’s literature enthusiasts
  • Free access to live webinars and archived webinars, covering topics that are important to your career
  • Pre-conferences, conferences, and ALSC's National Institute are all great places to advance your knowledge base and build leadership skills
Networking with individuals all across the country to create ideas and solve problems
  • Connection to approximately 60k ALA members via ALA Connect, ALA’s online member network
  • Access to ALSC Community Forums, held via Adobe Connect, which bring members together to discuss important issues in children’s library service
  • Access to monthly #alscchat Twitter discussions hosted by the ALSC Children & Technology Committee where members explore new developments in children’s library service
  • Joining members across the country in giving back to the profession through the ALSC Mentoring Program
  • Access to contests and giveaways which are only available to ALSC members
  • Eligibility to vote and stand for candidacy in all ALSC elections, including award committee elections

For more information on how to get the most out of your ALSC membership, view our FREE on-demand webinar, Get Involved with ALSC: Navigating Opportunities within the Organization.

Membership dues

Joining ALSC and ALA is easy and a great way to take your career to the next step. Prospective members can join ALSC and ALA via phone, email, or mail. Below is a list of dues for ALA/ALSC personal membership. 

Category ALSC Dues ALA Dues Total
Regular $50 $72* $122
Student $20 $38 $58
Non-salaried $35 $52 $87
Retiree $35 $52 $87
Advocate $25 $65# $90






*ALA membership is $69 for the first year; $110 for the second year; $145 for the third and later years. 
#Price shown for ALA is at the Associate level.
Organizational and corporate members pay $55 per year for ALSC membership + ALA  dues. You can learn more about organizational and corporate membership at the ALA Membership site. 


Joining ALSC is just the first step! Once you become an ALSC member, you're invited to join thousands of colleagues in serving on committees, presenting at a conference, letting your voice be heard or one of the many other ways of getting involved. Learn you can engage with ALSC today!