Libraries and Non-Profits

Your library has a unique opportunity through Organizational Membership in the American Library Association (ALA) to have your concerns about legislation, funding, library use, and advocacy heard at a national level. Organizational Members know that ALA focuses on issues that are important to libraries and library workers. Joining ALA is a benefit to your organization and a voice in the future of America’s libraries.ALA Membership Pavilion

Eligible organizations include not-for-profit libraries and not-for-profit schools conducting programs of library education as well as other not-for-profit organizations including library associations, affiliated organizations, and foreign organizations. 

ALA works through the @ your library campaign® to increase public awareness about the value of libraries to our communities. Organizational Members can take advantage of many ALA programs and events to help expand staff skills and services. Aligning your organization with ALA provides your library with a wide variety of benefits, including discounts on ALA resources like our professional publications, employment and management resources, affiliated insurance programs and numerous tools and tool kits for all types of libraries,

2014- 2015 Organizational Dues

(September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015)

$175 - Very Small Library
$300 - Small
$500 - Medium
$1,300 - Large
$2,000 - Very Large
$150 - Other (defined as Chapters, Affiliates, International Libraries, Tribal Libraries, Prison Libraries, and other non-profit organizations)

Definition of Levels

Very Small <10,000 Any single bldg or districts under 300 <1,000
Small 10k-24k 300-499 1k-3k
Medium 25k-99k 500-749 3k-10k
Large 100-499k 750-999 10k-30k
Very Large >500k >1,000 >30k

State libraries, please contact RJ Jankowski to discuss dues.

Benefits and Features of Membership

Organizational Members may join any specialty divisions or round tables. International libraries and librarians have a special home in ALA through our International Relations Office.

To apply for Organizational Membership in ALA, download a print ready application to pay by check, credit card or purchase order.

You can contact ALA’s Member and Customer Service Center with questions about which type of Organizational Membership your library or non-for-profit should apply.

Resources for Organizations and Non-Profits about Membership

Join Today - Download PDF Application
Benefits for Organizational Members
Dues for Organizations
Boards and Friends Group Opportunities
Discount on ALA Annual Conference Registration
Subscriptions Discounts