ALA Recommended Websites

List of recommended and award-winning Web sites and online resources for all ages, along with Internet use and safety tips for parents and Internet use policy help for librarians, trustees, and educators. Includes guidance for using social media.

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

ALA Spotlight Sites | For Children | For Young Adults/Teens | Online Reference Resources | For Families, Parents | For Librarians, Trustees, and Educators |


News Spotlight Lists

ALSC selects more Great Websites for Kids (December 2013)
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

AASL announces inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning (June 2013)
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced its inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of 25 apps builds on AASL's established Best Websites for Teaching & Learning recognition and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.


ALA Spotlight Sites

  • ALA Connect - ALA's private online social network, a virtual collaborative workspace for use by members with established ALA web login as well as for use by non-members with free site registration

  • ALA FAQs - Frequently Answered Questions about libraries in the USA and the American Library Association

  • ALA Online Learning - Access ALA's wide range of library-related online learning - covering fundamentals, advances, trends, and hot topics. What is Online Learning? Education delivered via a computer, using the internet via a web-browser, and perhaps another software for coursework, video or audio files. It may occur once or at regular intervals over several weeks, be downloadable anytime, or require a reservation to participate. The many options for online education are available throughout ALA Online Learning. When you select a topic, you will see a list of titles that may be available as e-forums, webinars, courses, or recorded webcasts. Clicking on the title will take you to details about the online learning opportunity, such as date, time, instructor, and fees. New ALA Online Learning offerings are being developed all the time, so if you do not see what you need, or if you have questions about this page or ALA Online Learning, please contact online-learning@ala.org.

  • ALA Professional Tips Wiki - The ALA Professional Tips Wiki, compiled chiefly by the staff of the ALA Library, serves several purposes: providing a pathfinder to the rich resources of the ALA website; gathering our responses to your questions; and enabling the library community to share new resources for getting our jobs done.

  • Ask the ALA Library: Q&A from the ALA Headquarters Library - Blog with answers to various library-related questions by the staff of the Library of the American Library Association

  • Professional Resources: A to Z Index of Topics


For Children


For Young Adults/Teens


Online Reference Resources


For Families, Parents


For Librarians, Trustees, and Educators


This page is part of ALA Recommends... compiled by the ALA Library. Contact us at library@ala.org with any questions. See the other lists of recommendations compiled by ALA member committees - ALA Recommended Reading: List of links to ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group; ALA Recommended Listening: List of links to ALA's recommended music and spoken-word recordings and audiobooks for all ages, sorted by age group; and ALA Recommended Viewing: List of links to ALA's recommended DVDs and videos for all ages, sorted by age group.


Last updated: December 2013


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