About the ALA Library

Services Offered

The primary mission of the ALA Library is to help the staff of the American Library Association serve ALA members, and thereafter, the needs of the members of the ALA, other libraries, and members of the public seeking information on librarianship. The ALA Library

  • Collects materials on the history of and issues within libraries and librarianship
  • Serves as the repository for publications from ALA and its units
  • Responds to reference and information requests supported by its collection scope
  • Works closely with the ALA Archives

Service Limitations

Correspondents are encouraged to consult the ALA Library Fact Sheets, the FAQs -- Frequently Answered Questions, and the links in the left navigation. For those seeking further assistance from the ALA Library, the staff will respond to reference and information needs to the extent possible and consulting with other units of the Association as appropriate. Please contact your local library for assistance with the following, as we are unable to accommodate these requests:

  • Extensive background research for graduate projects
  • Compilation of extensive bibliographies
  • Requests for information connected with contests
  • Completion of school or work assignments


  • Email: library@ala.org
  • Phone: Toll free: 1-800-545-2433 x2153 or 312-280-2153
  • Fax: 312-280-3255