Reinstate Your PLA Membership

Thank you for your interest in reinstating your PLA membership. When you reinstate your membership, you’ll receive a full year of career-enhancing benefits dedicated to public library professionals, including:

  • Discounts
    Members receive discounts on professional development offerings including online education, events, and products.
  • Publications & Resources
    Members receive a free subscription to Public Libraries magazine and exclusive access to our members-only newsletter and PLA Member Library.
  • Networking & Leadership Development
    Members are connected to a community of 9,000 public library professionals where they can share skills and develop new ones through leadership training, networking, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Advocacy
    Members support our commitment to move the profession forward and represent the interests of public libraries everywhere.

For more information, contact the PLA Office at (800) 545-2433 x5PLA or

PLA Membership Dues

Effective September 1, 2019–August 31, 2020

Please note: You must be a personal member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join PLA. Membership rates listed below do not include the price of ALA personal membership. Information about ALA dues is available online.

Regular member $77
Student member $34
Non-salaried or retired member
This category is for inactive, retired, or unemployed, or for full or part-time in a library service position at a salary less than $30,000 a year.
International member $77
Trustee and associate members
This category includes those who are not employed in library and information services or related activities, but through their personal commitment and support, promote library and information services. Members of governing boards, advisory groups, Friends organizations, and special citizen caucuses, and/or individuals interested in participating in the work of PLA.

Your institution can also show its support for public libraries and receive access to valuable professional resources for its staff by becoming an Organizational Member in PLA.

Paying Dues in Installments

Personal members whose annual dues total $135 or more in any combination of ALA, divisions, sections, and round tables may choose to pay in two equal installments when renewing with a credit or debit card. Learn more about paying dues in installments.

How To Reinstate Your Membership

There are three convenient ways:

  1. Renew securely online.
  2. Print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in.
  3. Call the ALA Member and Customer Service Center at 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 for Member Services.


If you have questions regarding membership dues or reinstating your membership, please contact the ALA Member and Customer Service (MACS) Center at or 1-800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.