Why ALA?


Your investment in membership
allows ALA to develop and deliver a world of benefits to you, your library, and your profession—now and throughout your career.


Solve problems

Advocate for libraries

Access tools and resources

Transform libraries

Save $$

Continue your education
and professional development


Why ALA? Because you will:

1. Get practical advocacy tools that help you demonstrate your library’s value; cultivate local notables; and do frontline fundraising and coalition building.

2. Play a key role in educating your community about library services when you become a Library Advocate using resources from the ALA Library Advocate’s Handbook.

3. Take action for libraries through ALA’s Washington Office and support their lobbying for legislation and policies that benefit libraries.

4. Help bridge the digital divide in your own community as ALA supports universal access to high-speed, affordable broadband.

5. Benefit from ALA’s fostering of the highest quality profession by establishing and maintaining best practices and ethical standards for accredited programs across all types of library and information delivery settings.

6. Help ALA defend against censorship, with direct access to ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, a national leader in fighting for open, public, free access to information for people of all ages and backgrounds.

7. Grow your professional network and skills as you get involved in specialized ALA divisions, round tables, offices, interest groups, and chapters where you can gain leadership experience, make valuable connections, and build ties with colleagues from around the world.

8. Access a broad array of convenient, relevant online learning and experience the best in continuing education, engage in the latest trends and issues, and put theory into practice.

9. Participate in topical, timely, and fun conferences, regional institutes, symposia, workshops, preconferences, and more; learn at many levels; network; meet exhibitors, authors, speakers; and connect with friends old and new.

10. Use www.ala.org to access a wide range of information, toolkits, and other current resources, including pathfinders and guides prepared by ALA’s own library.

11. Tap into a support system for librarians at all professional levels, including mentorship programs, employment and career services, and more.

12. Build leadership skills by participating in task forces, committees, and governing bodies, and by attending training such as the ALA Leadership Institute, a unique immersive program for future library leaders.

13. Connect face-to-face, via social media, and through other digital media with like-minded colleagues—ALA members are the best kind of consultants!

14. Interact and solve problems via ALA Connect, the instant network of thousands of dedicated librarians.

15. Contribute to the ongoing transformation of libraries.

16. Participate in promoting 21st-century literacy, using ALA’s training and resources to develop programs and services that help patrons and students become self-learners.

17. Enjoy a wide range of members-only savings: up to 40% off registration for the premier events: ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, discounts on the best books and online CE in the field, READ posters, and other products in the ALA Online Store, and more.

18. Develop dynamic cultural programs for adult, young adult, and family audiences when you use the leadership, resources, training, and grant opportunities provided by ALA Public Programs Office, helping you create an environment where people of all backgrounds can gather for reflection, discovery, participation, and growth.

19. Access current industry data collected, evaluated, and shared by ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics to help make the case for all types of libraries serving all types of groups.

20. Promote the prestigious ALA awards that recognize excellence, achievements, service, dedication, and more in libraries, literature, and literacy.