The Value of ALA Membership

Solve Problems. Continue Your Education. Advocate. Transform Libraries. Connect. Access Resources.

Your membership is an investment in ALA, allowing us to to develop and deliver a world of benefits to you, your library, and your profession—now and throughout your career. Find out more about ALA membership, including the availability of reduced membership fees for students, and for new, non-salaried, and international members.   ► Join online now by going to the online button in the upper right of this page.

Join ALA to:

  • Connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Get more involved in your profession
  • Build leadership skills
  • Tap into a support system for all professional levels
  • Contribute to the ongoing transformation of libraries

Access and experience:

  • Advocacy tools that help you demonstrate your library’s value
  • Resources and tools for all types of libraries
  • The best in continuing education and professional development
  • Timely and fun conferences
  • Prestigious ALA awards recognizing libraries, literature, and literacy achievements
  • Numerous members-only savings

Have the opportunity to:

  • Be an active player in keeping open access to information
  • Promote 21st-century literacy
  • Champion lobbying for public policies that benefit libraries
  • Support MLIS accreditation best practices and ethical standards
  • Advocate in your community in ways that are comfortable for you

Support ALA's strategic directions of:

  • Advocacy
  • Information Policy
  • Professional and Leadership Development

See ALA Dollar infographics, which answer two simple but important questions for members and potential members:

1. What are ALA’s funding sources: Where Does an ALA Dollar Come From (PDF)?

2. What are the ALA’s funding uses: Where Does as ALA Dollar Go (PDF)?

 

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