ASCLA Organization


The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.


The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, library cooperatives, and library consultants.


ASCLA's more than 800 members are:

  • Librarians, library agencies and staff serving populations with special needs, such as those with sensory, physical, health or behavioral conditions or those who are incarcerated or detained.
  • Librarians and staff of state library agencies, and state library consultants – organizations created or authorized by the state government to promote library services in the state through the organization and coordination of a variety of library services.
  • Library networks and cooperatives organizations of one or more types of libraries: academic, public, special, or school. They collaborate to maximize the funds available for provision of library services to all citizens. They may serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region, or a state-wide or multi-state area.
  • Consultants, independent or contract librarians, as well as those who work outside of traditional library settings.

Member activity is centered around our interest groups: review a complete list of those groups here!



Do you belong in ASCLA? Come learn more about the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies--a division of ALA. If you are looking for ways to get involved with the division, or would like to know more about the benefits of belonging to ASCLA, please view the PDF or PowerPoint presentation below.

ASCLA 101 Webcast Transcript



You must first be an ALA member before you can join The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). ASCLA dues are $51 (plus the cost of ALA membership). ALA student member, retirees and non-salaried dues are $20. For an organization to join dues are $60 and for a State Library Agency, the dues are $500.

Join us now. It's an excellent investment in your professional future.

ASCLA staff may be contacted at:

ASCLA Office
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
1-800-545-2433 x4395