ALA Personal Membership

banner - peopleALA membership is open to individuals, organizations and non-profits, and businesses interested in working together to ensure a stable future of libraries, librarians, and the profession.

There are a variety of memberships meeting the needs of librarians, library workers, libraries and organizations, students, joint ALA-Chapter packages, organizations, friends, trustees, retired, unemployed, and corporations - along with opportunities to join divisions and round tables that meet specific professional needs and interests.  

ALA Personal Membership

Joint ALA-State Chapter Student Membership

ALA Divisional Membership

ALA Round Table Membership

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ALA Personal Member Types and Dues 

Dues are based on the roles one has in library work. Special rates are available for Retirees, Students, Friends, Trustees, International, and Non-Salaried or Unemployed members. Membership in ALA Divisions and Round Tables is an additional fee.

  • Membership in ALA is required for Divisional and Round Table membership.
  • Memberships run for 12 months starting with the month of your application.
  • ALA’s fiscal year is September to August, and dues rates below are current from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.
Membership Type Cost Requirements
Regular $135 Includes librarians as well as others employed in library and information services or related activities in positions that: (a) require a master's degree; (b) require a state level certification; or (c) are managerial.
First year $67 First and second year memberships are subsidized by ALA.
Second year $102 First and second year memberships are subsidized by ALA.
Student $35 Includes individuals enrolled in a program for certificate or degree in library and information studies. Certain state chapters have Joint Memberships with ALA. Student Membership is limited to five total years.
Non-Salaried or Unemployed $48 Includes librarians earning less than $30,000 per year or not currently employed.  In a difficult economy this dues category can be helpful for those in career transition or for those just beginning their careers.
Library Support Staff $48 Includes others employed in library and information services or related activities.  Several states have Joint Memberships with ALA for Support Staff.
Retired $48 Includes those who have retired from library and information services or related activities.
Continuing Members Free. See conditions. Continuing Members – Includes those who have been active, paid ALA members for at least 25 uninterrupted years. Continuing Members receive ongoing free membership upon retirement.
Life Cost varies
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Includes those who purchase basic membership in ALA for life at rates dependent upon age at the time of application. Installment plans and lump sum purchases are available. Life members receive full benefits of ALA membership with division and round table membership available for additional dues. Download and view life member application (PDF) for more information.
Friend $61 Includes individual friends of libraries and member of special citizens caucuses interested in participating in association work.
Trustee $61 Includes those not employed in library and information services or related activities who, through their personal commitment and support, promote library and information services as members of governing boards, advisory groups, etc.
Associate $61 Includes those not employed in library and information services or related activities who, through their personal commitment and support, promote library and information services; e.g., friends and special citizen caucuses and/or individuals interested in participating in the work of the Association.
International $81 Includes librarians who do not hold U.S. citizenship and who are not employed in the U.S. or U.S. possessions, regardless of salary level.

 


ALA Divisions

 

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Use the buttons above to go to the membership enrollment form.  Select a Division below for more information.

AASL - American Association of School Librarians
ALCTS -Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
ALSC -Association for Library Service to Children
ACRL - Association of College and Research Libraries
ASCLA - Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
LLAMA - Library Leadership & Management Association
LITA - Library and Information Technology Association
PLA -Public Library Association
RUSA - eference and User Services Association
United For Libraries
YALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association

ALA Round Table Membership


 


American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Publications: Knowledge Quest (5 issues) and AASL Hotlinks (monthly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $50
Student $20
Non-Salaried $25
Retired $25
Sections Free
Special Interest Groups Free

AASL Sections:

  • Educators of Library Media Specialists (ESLS)
  • Independent Schools (ISS)
  • Supervisors (SPVS) 

AASL Special Interest Group:

  • Retiree SIG
  • Student SIG 

 


 


 

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

Publications: Library Resources & Technical Services (quarterly) and ALCTS Newsletter Online (6 issues; $20 subscription value included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $65
Student $15
Library Support Staff $25
Retired $35
Sections Free

ALCTS Sections:

  • Acquisitions (AS)
  • Cataloging and Metadata Management (CMM)
  • Collection Management (CM)
  • Continuing Resources (CRS)
  • Preservation and Reformatting (PARS)

 


 


 

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Publications: Children and Libraries: The Journal of the ALSC (4 issues - $20 subscription value included in dues) and ALSC Matters! (quarterly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $50
Student $20
Support Staff $35
Non-Salaried $35
Associate $25
Retired $35

 


 


 

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Publications: College & Research Libraries (6 issues -$26 value included in dues) and C&RL News (11 issues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $60
Student $39
Retired $39
Interest Groups or Sections  Free

ACRL Sections and Interest Groups:

  • Academic Library Services for International Students Interest Group
  • African American Studies Librarian (AFAS)
  • Anthropology and Sociology (ANSS)
  • Arts (ARTS)
  • Asian, African, and Middle Eastern (AAMES)
  • College Libraries (CLS)
  • Community and Junior College Libraries (CJCLS)
  • Digital Badges Interest Group
  • Digital Curation Interest Group
  • Digital Humanities Interest Group
  • Distance Learning (DLS)
  • Education and Behavioral Sciences (EBSS)
  • Health Sciences Interest Group
  • Image Resources Interest Group
  • Instruction (IS)
  • Law and Political Science (LPSS)
  • Librarianship in For-Profit Institutions Interest Group
  • Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Interest Group
  • Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group
  • Literature in English (LES)
  • Numeric and Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBMS)
  • Residency Interest Group
  • Science and Technology (STS)
  • Slavic and East European (SEES)
  • Technical Services Interest Group
  • Universal Accessibility Interest Group
  • University Libraries (ULS)
  • Virtual Worlds Interest Group
  • Western European Studies (WESS)
  • Women and Gender Studies (WGSS)

 


 


 

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Publication: Interface (quarterly – open access)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $54
Student $20
Retired $20
Interest Groups Free

ASCLA Interest Groups:

  • Bridging Deaf Cultures @Your Library Interest Group
  • Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group (formerly part of ICAN)
  • Collaborative Digitization Interest Group (formerly part of ICAN)
  • Future of Libraries Interest Group
  • Interlibrary Cooperative Interest Group (formerly part of ICAN)
  • Library Consultants Interest Group
  • Library Services for Youth in Custody Interest Group (formerly part of LSSPS)
  • Library Services to People with Visual Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group (formerly part of LSSPS)
  • Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group (formerly part of LSSPS)
  • Physical Delivery Interest Group (formerly part of ICAN)
  • State Library Agencies-Library Development Interest Group
  • State Library Agencies/LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
  • State Library Agencies Youth Services Consultants Interest Group
  • Tribal Librarians Interest Group
  • Universal Access Interest Group (formerly part of LSSPS)

 


 


 

Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA)

Publication: Library Leadership & Management (online – quarterly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $50
Student/New Professional $15
Sections Free

LLAMA Sections:

  • Buildings and Equipment (BES)
  • Fundraising and Financial Development (FRFDS)
  • Library Organization and Management (LOMS)
  • Human Resources (HRS)
  • Measurement Assessment and Evaluation (MAES)
  • New Professionals Section (NPS)
  • Public Relations and Marketing (PRMS)
  • Systems and Services (SASS)

 


Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

Publication: Information Technology & Libraries (online-quarterly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $60
Student $25
Non-Salaried $30
Interest Groups Free

 


Public Library Association (PLA)

Publication: Public Libraries $25 subscription value included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $70
Student $30
Non-Salaried $55
Retired $55

 


Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Publication: Reference & User Services Quarterly (online - $25 subscription value included in dues) and RUSA Update (online- 4 issues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $60
Student $25
Support Staff $30
Retired $30
Non-Salaried $30
Sections Free

RUSA Sections:

  • Business Reference and Service (BRASS)
  • Collection Development and Evaluation (CODES)
  • History (HS) 
  • MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference (MARS)
  • Reference Services Section (RSS)
  • Sharing and Transforming Access to Resource Section (STARS)

 


United For Libraries:  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations and Foundations (United for Libraries)

Publications: The Voice for America's Libraries (bi-monthly; $20 subscription value included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $55
Student $20
Trustee $55

 

 


Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Publications: Young Adult Library Services (quarterly-$70 subscription value included in dues) and YALSA E-News (weekly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $60
Student $25
Library Support Staff $25
Retired $25
Non-Salaried $25
Friends and Advocates $25


 

ALA Round Tables

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ALA Round Table Dues    
Use the buttons above to go to the membership enrollment form.  Select a Round Table below for more information.   Regular Student Retired
Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT) $20 $10  
Exhibits ( ERT)    Note:  Free with Corporate Membership $15    
Federal and Armed Forces Librarians (FAFLRT) $15 Free Free
Games & Gaming (GameRT) $10    
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBTRT) $15 $5  
Government Documents (GODORT) Newsletter - "dttp: Documents to the People" included in dues. $20 $10  
Intellectual Freedom (IFRT) $15 $5  
International Relations (IRRT)   Note:  ALA International members residing outside of the United States receive free membership. $15 $5  
Learning (LearnRT) $20    
Library History (LHRT) $20 $5  
Library Instruction (LIRT) $15    
Library Research (LRRT)   *Note:  Free to  ALA Student Members enrolled in a doctoral program. $15 Free*  
Library Support Staff Interests (LSSIRT) $10    
Map and Geospatial Information (MAGIRT) $20 $10  
New Members ( NMRT) (First 10 years) (+10 years of NMRT Membership are Alumni status) $15 $10  
Retired Members (RMRT) $20    
Social Responsibilities (SRRT)   *Note:  $5 rate applied to Retired and Unemployed $15 Free $5*
Staff Organizations (SORT) $3    
Sustainability (SustainRT) $10    
Video (VRT) $20 Free  

* Library Research Round Table is free to ALA Student Members enrolled in doctoral programs

* ALA International Members residing outside of the 50 states may join International Relations (IRRT) at no charge.

 


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