ALA Recommended Websites

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 2015, including:

Teen Tech Week - March 8-14, 2015

Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7, 2015

Banned Websites Awareness Day - September 30, 2015 (Wednesday of Banned Books Week)

International Games Day - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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. Also sold are library professional book titles addressing Digital Library Operations & Services, Systems and Technologies, and Web Sites.

ALA maintains a community of electronic discussion lists using an open-source application called Sympa. There are lists for committees, roundtables and a variety of interest groups. Learn how to subscribe, change mail options, and more.

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

Connect with Us: Official ALA Social Media Channels. Connect with all of ALA on one Twitter list. There's an ALA Facebook list, too!


Lists and Awards Spotlight

The ALA 2015 Youth Media Awards will be announced February 2, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. CT.
For additional information, see Books with more information on ALA's literary awards and reading lists.

Booklist Editors' Choice and Top of the List picks, 2014 at the Booklist Reader


For Children

  • Great Web Sites for Kids - http://www.ala.org/greatsites or http://gws.ala.org

  • 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, and 2013: Community and conflict: The impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks. 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 2014 - Best Free Reference Web Sites Combined Index (1999-2014). Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS) 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