Personal Membership

Learn. Connect. Advance.

emerging leaders 4Join more than 57,000 other ALA members helping to collectively support and advance your profession at the same time as enhancing your own knowledge, abilities, and career.  There are several types of Personal Memberships in ALA, but all types have the same rights and privileges. 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, and special dues rates may also be available.

Your ALA dues, and every dollar you spend on ALA materials, education, conferences, and more is an investment supporting the American Library Association, which empowers libraries – yours, your child’s school library, the public library down the street, the local university’s research library, special libraries, and others – and helps keep the doors open to worlds of information, learning, and enjoyment.

ALA Personal Member Types & Dues       

I get a lot of out my memberships in WLA [Wisconsin Library Association], PLA [Pubic Library Association], and ALA - mentorship; leadership opportunities; continuing education opportunities; access to award committee membership as well as serving on committees to advance youth librarianship; a chance to work together to strengthen libraries; opportunities to network with other colleagues; time to change how we approach youth services on a state and local level.

 I also put my money into these associations because they stand up for me...and for you...and for us.  Our state and national associations stand up for libraries and librarians politically. They stand up for intellectual freedom and protecting everyone's right to read.  They work in partnership to ensure that there is equal access to reading and literacy regardless of format and age of user.   

          Read the full blog post "We Stand Stronger Together" by Marge Loch-Wouters, Children's Librarian in La Crosse, Wisc.


 Professional Support  

  • A Wide Array of Periodicals and Publications.  Newsletters, magazines, and journals -- including American Libraries magazine and AL Direct -- published within the ALA including those which are only available over the Internet. ALA is your number one choice for the latest must-have books and periodicals for library and information professionals, as well as the most dynamic posters, bookmarks and promotions. You receive the latest news about policies and developments that affect your library, along with informed analysis and advice you need for your career. 
  • Essential Divisions and Round Tables are unmatched in their ability to connect you with others in your areas of interest and specialization.  Bridge the gap across theory, practice and enjoyment in your work life by connecting with other members who care about and work on similar issues and interests.  You will find the resources you need and the professional community you want at the ALA.
  • Learn and Grow Professionally. ALA sets the standard and members receive the benefits of the best training, online CE, job seeking, conference programs, and publications for any job in every type of library.  Get tips and new techniques to help improve the quality of service to your community and your work.  Membership gives you the access you want and the tools you need.  
  • The largest library conferences and trade shows in the world are available to members at a discount. ALA Members receive as much as a 40% discount on registration fees for Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

Information. Insight. Interaction

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  • Gain Important Ideas and Insights. We are your source for news and analysis about this evolving, changing, and dynamic publishing, library, and policy environment. Through our blogs, journals, and other publications, we help keep you up to date and informed about the ongoing and emerging topics that are of special interest to you. 
  • Connect with Colleagues, Friends, and Experts. Your fellow members are the best kind of consultants–a dedicated community facing similar challenges and working together to overcome them with fresh ideas and energy.  You’ll find new colleagues and friends to share, create, and work with on topics and issues that matter to you – in person, via social media, and through ALAConnect, which provides online communities for peer interaction, joining others who share professional interests, and participating in ALA committees and groups.  Joining ALA puts you in touch right away. 
  • Better Serve Your Community. ALA is the leader in library advocacy, working on national, state, and local issues affecting library funding and the profession.  Standing together and adding your name to our roster of advocates means we can speak with one voice about the future of libraries.  Membership offers you the chance to make a real difference for librarians and library staff all across the country.
  • Committee Service.  Get involved to get the most out of your membership. Members have an opportunity to serve on ALA Committees and more.

Member Value Programs (MVP)

ALL offers special programs, added value, and special discounts.  Personal members benefit from numerous discount and special programs on a variety of products, programs and services, lowering the overall cost of membership and adding value to your ALA membership.  These include discounts on books and publications, insurance, office supplies, shipping discounts and more. Get complete details.

  • Discounts on the largest library conferences and trade shows in the world are available to members at a discounted rate.
  • Discounts for members on ALA continuing education opportunities. From online learning, to regional institutes and symposia take advantage of your member discount and further your career.
  • Numerous free and discounted publications, including American Libraries magazine and AL Direct that help keep you informed and up-to-date. You receive the latest news about policies and developments that affect librarians and libraries, along with informed analysis and advice you need for your career.