Planned Giving

With your planned gift, the American Library Association can help foster opportunities to learn, grow, adapt, enjoy, exercise our freedoms, and enhance our quality of life—and protect those same opportunities of generations that follow.

With a planned gift, you can:

  • Support ALA's planning for the future and pursuing excellence for future generations.
  • Champion the development of programs and activities for all types of libraries.
  • Enhance the work of the Association overall, or support your favorite division, round table, or program.
  • Uphold advocacy efforts for libraries and increase awareness for the value and services they provide.
  • Create or support awards and scholarships that promote and advance the librarian profession.
  • Make a larger charitable gift than you though possible while taking care of the financial needs of your family.
  • Leave a lasting legacy to the librarian profession without giving up assets now.

Why support the American Library Association?

The American Library Association exists to support all libraries and librarians so that every one of us has access to the information we need.

The American Library Association is the oldest, largest and most influential library association in the world. The Association represents all types of libraries—public, school, academic and special—and our mission is to promote the highest quality librarian, information systems, and public access to information.

Planned gifts can be made to the Association or any of our divisions, round tables, programs or scholarships. All planned gifts are deeply personal commitments that help the Association continue to thrive and support the next generation of librarians.

Make your planned gift:

It's easy to make a planned gift. ALA has teamed with FreeWill, allowing you to create a legally valid will, at no cost to you. You can use FreeWill to support the people and causes you care about most, even after you are gone. The ALA Development Office staff can also work with you on creating a gift that helps meet your needs and the needs of your family, as well as support a the Association, a division, round table or program in that way that is meaningful. We offer a number of resources for download on this website.

Please let us know how we can assist you. You can contact the Development Office online, or you can reach us at:

Development Office
American Library Association
225 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

Patricia A. Wand

Patricia A. Wand has chosen to support international activities of ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, with her planned gift. Read her story.

Dr. Em Claire Knowles

Dr. Em Claire Knowles made the decision to support the ALA Spectrum Scholarship and diversity in the profession of librarianship. Read her story.

Other members and friends of the Association also made generous commitments in their estate plans to support the ALA, our divisions, round tables, scholarships or programs. Read their stories here.