About ACRL

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Get to know ACRL.

Representing more than 8,000 individuals and libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the largest division of the American Library Association, develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities.


Advancing Learning, Transforming Scholarship

ACRL leads academic and research librarians and libraries in advancing learning and transforming scholarship in higher education. As an association, we envision a future where academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars.

Read our Plan for Excellence.


Who's who in ACRL? Our Directory of Leadership has information about the Board of Directors, Committees, Sections, Task Forces, and other groups that make up ACRL's structure.

Meet the ACRL staff. We're here to help!

Annual Report cover 2022-2023

ACRL Annual Report

A lot happened last year in the world and in ACRL. See for yourself in our latest Annual Report, published each year in the December issue of College & Research Libraries News. You can also check out past reports.

Read our Annual Report

ACRL Press Center

Your source for the latest news from the Association of College & Research Libraries.

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Give to ACRL

Donations to ACRL directly support the development of programs and services specifically for the academic and research library community.