ALA Recommended Websites

ALA Recommends. . .

List of recommended and award-winning websites and online resources for all ages, including apps and social media, along with privacy and safety guidelines.

For Children | For Families, Parents | For Students (of all ages) | For Librarians and Educators |


This page is compiled by the ALA Library. Contact us at library@ala.org with any questions.


For a list of upcoming event dates, see ALA's Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events 2016, including:

Teen Tech Week - March 6-12, 2016

Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7, 2016

The ALA Online Store at http://www.alastore.ala.org supports the reading events and programs listed here - including Choose Privacy Week, Teen Tech Week - with digital art and banners.

The Digital Library Operations & Services, Digital Content, Digital Downloads, Systems and Technologies, and Web Sites sections of the ALA Online Store quickly link to ALA's own print books, e-books, eCourses, and webinars on these subjects.

Lists of books on these subjects, compiled by this office, appear at WorldCat.org, the free online database of library catalogs from across the country, in which you can search for a book title by zip code to get the closest library that has it, at:
Social Media and New Media in Libraries at WorldCat.org

Games and Gaming in Libraries at WorldCat.org

For information on libraries and the Internet, including public libraries and e-books, see ALA Library Fact Sheet 26 - Internet Access and Digital Holdings in Libraries.

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Visit ALA Connect, a virtual workspace where official ALA groups and communities of interest collaborate online.

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Lists and Awards Spotlight

The ALA 2016 Youth Media Awards including the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal, will be announced January 11, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) applauds American Academy of Pediatrics' screen time guidelines, October 20, 2015

More Great Websites for Kids selected by ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), September 8, 2015


For Children


For Families, Parents


For Students (of all ages)

  • ABC-CLIO Online History Award, with complete list of all previous winners, from 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015: Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The award, offered every other year, beginning in 2005, from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks to encourage the development of freely available, sustainable online history resources by singling out innovative projects and the individuals who created them.
  • Best Free Reference Websites for 2015 - Best Free Reference Web Sites Combined Index (1999-2015). Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (ETS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

  • Best Historical Materials. Historical Materials Committee of the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association
  • BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites. Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

  • Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014: Top 10 Internet Resources - Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT). The Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed each  calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” (OAT) list, which is published each January in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.  As a special preview to the full 2014 list, which will appear in the January 2015 issue, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the 2014 list their favorites for the following “Top 25 Books” and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists.

  • Using Primary Sources on the Web. This brief guide from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online.


For Librarians and Educators