The Power of A: Stronger by Association

Invest in your career or show your support for library services to teens and join YALSA! YALSA is a division of the American Library Association, and YALSA's goal is to make all libraries awesome for teens! Here's a quick snapshot of how we do that. 

Join today!  Who can join?  Anyone!  We have over 5,100 members across all 50 states and abroad.  Together we are stronger and can increase our ability to help teens through libraries.  Check out our YALSA Member Google Map to find a member near you and watch this 90 second video to see what members have to say about YALSA!

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Membership Benefits

YALSA members enjoy all benefits that ALA members receive (see a complete list of ALA benefits) as well as additional benefits just for them, including exclusive benefits that helps members

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See a full list of YALSA's members' only benefits and check out this free 33 minute video about making the most of your membership, presented by Shannon Peterson, 2013-2014 YALSA President.  The slides are also available for viewing online.

Are you a student? YALSA student members enjoy all the same benefits that ALA members receive (see a complete list of ALA benefits) as well as additional benefits from YALSA such as access to free monthly webinars. Check out our student member benefits here.

Dues and Rates

You can join ALA/YALSA using a secure, electronic form. Membership dues and rates are:

  • Regular members (salaried librarians and library workers)
    • $130 for first year ($69 for ALA/$61 for YALSA)
    • $167for second year ($106 for ALA/$61 for YALSA)
    • $201 for third and later years ($140 for ALA/$61for YALSA)
  • Students, $63 ($37 for ALA/$26 for YALSA)
  • Nonsalaried workers, $76 (unemployed, nonsalaried, or library support staff; $50 for ALA/$26 for YALSA)
  • Retirees, $76 (50 for ALA/$26 for YALSA)
  • International members, $145  ($84 for ALA/$61 for YALSA)
  • Friends, $89 ($63 for ALA/$26 for YALSA; appropriate for individuals who do not work in the library field but who support the work of YALSA, such as authors, booksellers, parents, teachers, etc.)
  • Trustees, $89 ($63 for ALA/$26 for YALSA; appropriate for non-librarian members of governing boards, advisory groups, Friends organizations, and special citizen caucuses)
  • Organizational membership varies depending on institution size ($175-$2,000 for ALA/$71 for YALSA)
  • Corporate membership begins at $570. See other corporate opportunities with YALSA.

Learn More

  • Learn more about ALA membership
  • Find out how to get involved in YALSA and watch this brief video about one member's path to getting involved in ALA. For details on how to get involved in ALA, watch this 2 minute presentation
  • Still not sure joining an association is right for you? Read this Hack Library School blog post or watch this 90 second video.
  • Do you have questions about YALSA membership? Contact Letitia Smith, YALSA's Membership Manager at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390. 

Who are our Members?

YALSA members are an amazing and wonderfully diverse group of dedicated individuals who work with or for teens, including:

  • library support staff, librarian generalists, teen services specialists, youth services librarians, reference librarians, managers, trustees, and administrators at public libraries
  • school librarians, school library support staff, reading specialists, educators and administrators in middle and high schools
  • graduate students in library science or young adult literature programs
  • faculty at graduate schools of library and information science
  • librarians who work with teens in special libraries, including hospitals and correctional facilities
  • afterschool providers who work with teens
  • supporters of youth literacy, bookstores, corporations and authors
  • supporters of libraries, including parents, teens, Friends of the Library groups and community members

Check out our YALSA Member Google Map to see who's near you and watch this 90 second video featuring our members.

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