Membership in PLA
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new librarian, your hard work, knowledge, ideas, and desire to continue to grow in your profession will ultimately determine the contribution you make to your library.
But it’s not easy. It’s a challenging and exciting time for public libraries. As the needs of your community change, public librarians are being asked to do more with less. PLA membership provides you with access to the resources you need to effectively serve your patrons.
Highlights of PLA membership
- A free subscription to Public Libraries, the official journal of PLA
- Significant member-only discounts on event registration, including the PLA Conference
- Affordable, discounted professional development and continuing education
- Exclusive access to the members only PLA E-News
- Resumé-enhancing opportunities to volunteer and get involved
- Countless networking opportunities
PLA is also committed to working on behalf of its members to move the profession forward and represent the interests of public librarians and public libraries everywhere. And as a PLA member, you will be connected to a network of more than 11,000 professionals who, like you, are dedicated to the future of public libraries.
Visit the ALA Member and Customer Service page to join PLA now.
PLA membership dues
Please note: You must be a member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join PLA. Membership rates listed below do not include the price of ALA membership. Information about ALA dues is available online.
Regular member: $60
Student member: $20
- Other member: $50
This category is for inactive, retired, or unemployed, or for full or part-time in a library service position at a salary less than $25,000 a year.
International member: $60
- Trustee and associate members: $60
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.
Organizational members: $100
For questions, please call 800-545-2433 and press 5 for Member Services. You can reach Member Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.