Organizational Membership Benefits

Together we are stronger.  

ALA encourages organizational members to investigate and engage with the resources and initiatives available to libraries of all types. 

ALA organizational membership supports and provides access to invaluable for solving problems and providing services to the communities we serve. ALA works on behalf of all libraries in the areas of funding, intellectual freedom, professional standards, and 21st-century literacy, helping create a future in which communities look to libraries and to librarians as vital, trusted resources. This includes making libraries eligible for funding to provide high-speed, affordable broadband service, and eligibility for other federal programs. Standing together in membership lets libraries, librarians, and other staff members access solutions and resources to address problems otherwise faced alone.

Learn about all the ALA is doing to support libraries.  Select a topic or just scroll down the page.

 Helping you better serve your community

ALA provides resources and tools to help you address a variety of needs and help you better serve your community. In addition to a wide range of professional development materials and opportunities, ALA provides:

  • ALA Advocacy University:  Online resources for library advocates, including information about frontline fundraising and cultivating local notables.
  • Tough-Economy Toolkit: Tips and tools for coalition building, and useful advocacy tutorial webinars.
  • ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit;  Materials that help librarians take action in their communities and inform the public about e-book lending practices.
  • Taking the Fear Out of Library Budget Presentations: Tools, examples and perspectives to make library budget presentations easier and compelling.
  • Empowering Voices"program"  Provides tools and training to help libraries assess their strengths, recruit community supporters, and tell the story of the transformative power of libraries.
  • I Love Libraries® website to increase public awareness about the value of libraries to our communities. These resources target library users, readers, and those who may be motivated to take action in their communities.
  • ALA Divisions: Each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships.

Providing beneficial information and resources

ALA offers a broad range of valuable insight and information on important issues, including:

  • Library Worklife. Via a free-opt in subscription to Library Worklife, libraries of all types and sizes receive easy-to-access, easy-to-share information about human resources practices, staff development, career advancement, certification, pay equity, recruitment, research, work/life balance, and more. Library Worklife is the e-newsletter from the ALA-Allied Professional Association.
  • ALA Research Series. Expand the knowledge base of library research by publishing quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis addressing topics important to libraries, librarians, and education in the profession.
  • Issues Briefs. Topical information affecting communities’ access to technology in public libraries, providing key findings from the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in libraries (Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study).
  • ALA Public Programs Office" Provides leadership, resources, training, programming opportunities and ideas, and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult, and family audiences.
  • American Libraries magazine.  Provides members a wealth of knowledge and information about libraries, library work, and current Association events. Members also receive AL Direct, with the twice-weekly e-publication delivering headlines and breaking news from the library world.
  • Booklist Online. The premier book review site for libraries, published by ALA.

Offering Organizational Member Value Programs (MVP), Benefits & Discounts

  • Organization members benefit from numerous discounts and special benefits on a variety of products, programs and services. These include discounts on ALA conferences; American Libraries magazine and AL Direct advertising; programs such as Dollar Days; library insurance at special member rates for property, casualty, and historic collections and buildings, preferred access to NetGalley (digital galleys), and more. Get all the details
  • As an Organizational Member, your institution is entitled to a discount of 15% off the full-priced registration to ALA Annual Conference for groups of four or more staffers, friends and trustees who are not already ALA personal members.

Membership Badges 

Show your support of ALA!

Display these membership badges on your website or in emails.
To download: Right click (Windows) or option-click (MAC) on image and choose "Save As."  Note the location of the file.

ALA Organizational Member Web Bage

ALA Organizational Member Web Bage

ALA Organizational Member Web Bage

ALA Organizational Member Web Bage


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