ALA Personal Member Benefits

ALA personal membership provides resources and benefits that help move your career forward with continuing education, networking opportunities and the latest library trends. Learn more about the benefits that come along with your personal membership below.

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Advocacy Tools

Advocacy is integral to achieving libraries’ role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for everyone in our communities. Whether at the localstate, or federal level, telling a compelling story to the right decision maker can make a difference in funding and policies related to the valuable services libraries offer. However, being an effective library advocate goes beyond contacting legislators when a critical bill is on the floor for a vote.

Advocacy is a year-round commitment to building meaningful connections with decision makers at every level – relationships we can draw on when the time comes to advocate for a specific bill or issue.

From best practices for engaging elected leaders and local media to one-pagers on issues like copyright, ALA provides resources to help you develop a year-round advocacy strategy and information to enhance your knowledge of library-related policy issues.


American Libraries magazine subscription

Cited as the most used benefit in a recent ALA membership survey, American Libraries is the flagship publication of the Association. Published 6 times yearly in print, plus a digital-only July/August issue and occasional digital supplements, the magazine provides a wealth of information about libraries, library work, Association news, and other topics of interest to the profession. Subscription price ($74/year in the US, Canada, and Mexico) is included as part of ALA membership.


American Libraries Magazine will be delivered to your home or office within 4-6 weeks of joining ALA.

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AL Direct e-newsletter

Recognized as one of the three most widely accessed ALA benefits and consistently recognized for its excellence, this members-only newsletter is delivered twice-weekly to your email inbox. AL Direct is the best source for breaking news and headlines that affect libraries, including news and features from divisions and round tables.

AL Direct is sent out each Tuesday and Friday. 

AL Direct


Personal members can log in to ALA JobLIST using the same credentials they use for the ALA website and ALA Connect. Once logged in, they can easily save their favorite job ad searches as automated Job Alerts and add their résumé to the résumé bank for hiring employers to find.

ALA Joblist

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

A variety of grants and fellowships that provide funding or material support for present or future activities. Grants may be offered to support the planning and implementation of programs, aid in the preparation of a dissertation or other publications, and to promote research in library and information sciences. Grants are also given to support travel to conferences, such as the ALA Annual Conference, or other events that can broaden an individual's experience or education in librarianship. These include Book, Print & Media AwardsGeneral Award InformationGrants & FellowshipsProfessional Recognition Awards, and Scholarships.

Book Club Central

Book Club Central is an online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book club selections, author interviews, discussion questions, resources for your library and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. Visit Book Club Central to learn more.

ALA Book Club Central

Booklist Magazine Discount

ALA members -- receive year-round collection development and readers’-advisory recommendations by subscribing to Booklist magazine. Save 41% and get 22-issues of Booklist, 4 issues of Book Links, plus online access for $99 the first year. To start, click here.

Conference Discounts - ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting

The largest library conferences and trade shows in the world are available to you at a discount as an ALA Member. ALA Personal Members always receive a discount on registration fees for Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting during preliminary registration. 


Publication & Product Discounts

Members save 10% on all books and promotional items from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics, Discounts do not apply to already discounted items, to special offers or sets. Discounts are not combined.