Give to ACRL

Advance the profession.

Give a tax-deductible gift to ACRL today and support the future of academic librarianship.


The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for ACRL to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL is a response to these "new challenges" and renders a means for academic librarians to give additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession.

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Advancement Fund

The ACRL Advancement Fund broadly supports the activities of ACRL with a focus on initiatives and programs that advance the priorities, goals, and core commitment of the division. This includes programs and initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and research and dedication to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries.

Over the past several years, the Advancement Fund has awarded over $37,000 to support projects such as Project Outcome for Academic Libraries, digitizing the C&RL News archive, and the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Give to the Advancement Fund

Conference Scholarship Fund

The ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund supports attendance at the biennial ACRL conference for promising students, early and mid-career librarians, and library staff. It seeks to increase diversity and enhance access to knowledge and expertise for the next generation of academic and research librarians.

Since 2003, ACRL has awarded nearly 450 scholarships worth $322,000 from this fund. Read more about the ACRL 2023 recipients and how their scholarship made a difference in their professional lives.

Give to the Conference Scholarship Fund

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RBMS Scholarships Fund

This fund supports attendance at the annual Rare Book and Manuscripts Section Conference by new professionals, and qualified students and support staff, with some scholarships designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.

Since 2012, over 150 scholarships worth $32,000 have been awarded from this fund. 

Give to the RBMS Scholarships Fund

Sponsorship Opportunities

Increase your visibility and engage with ACRL members. The ACRL Sponsorship Program offers numerous sponsorship opportunities with tangible benefits for every budget.

Become a Sponsor

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To give by check, please print and complete this form and mail it with your check to:

The Friends of ACRL
Association of College and Research Libraries
225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

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Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, ACRL has been able to provide over $400,000 to support projects across the association. ACRL acknowledges the generosity of our annual Friends Fund donors, as well as our founding donors and members of the ALA Legacy Society.

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ACRL thanks those who have donated each year to the Friends Fund.

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Thanks to the generous support of 53 founding members, who helped establish the Friends of ACRL in January of 1999.

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The ALA Legacy Society recognizes individuals who provide support for the Association through planned gifts.

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ACRL wishes to acknowledge the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for 5-9 years.

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ACRL wishes to acknowledge the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for 10-14 years.

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ACRL wishes to acknowledge the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for 15-19 years.

Giving has an impact.

Gifts of any size help ACRL advance the Association's impact on the higher education landscape and ensure the future sustainability of the profession. By becoming a Friend of ACRL, you will help supplement the funding of initiatives that will strengthen and assure the importance of our profession in this time of dramatic change. Specifically, you can help open new worlds to the academic librarian community and specifically to MLS students, entry-level and minority academic librarians. You can enrich our profession by supporting the development of cutting-edge seminars and workshops. You can promote excellence within our profession by supporting advocacy initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and on the research environment. You can support initiatives that strengthen any one of the ACRL priority goals and/or strategic plan.

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Benefits of Giving

Friends of ACRL receive special recognition including:

Other Ways to Support ACRL

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Become a Member

Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) today and become part of our diverse, engaged global community committed to transforming academia.

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Get Involved

ACRL provides members with meaningful opportunities to become active in the profession. Our members give back to the association and gain essential experience in return.

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Shop ACRL Publications

ACRL publishes a wide range of monographs for academic librarians. Your purchase directly supports ACRL's programs and services that help advance the profession.