As a member of the academic and research library community, you are motivated by the extraordinary possibilities that higher education offers, dedicating your career to improving our educational systems. Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) today and become part of our diverse, engaged global community committed to transforming academia.

ACRL is the leading resource for the academic and research library community. Members have access to a wide array of benefits that increase their knowledge and expertise while building a network of peers necessary to support a successful career in the field.

Join ACRL today!

Membership Types


Includes varying membership categories including: first-time, renewing, international, retired, student, library support staff, and associate.

Annual Dues:
Regular member: $74
Retired member: $48
Student member: $5

Please note: You must be a personal member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join ACRL and alternate rates may apply. Membership rates listed above do not include the price of ALA personal membership.

Join online, or send in a personal membership form. For more information about ALA dues, visit the ALA Membership page.


Magnify support for academic libraries and receive access to valuable professional resources for your organization's staff as an ACRL Organizational Member.

Learn more about organizational membership.

Why Join ACRL?

Meet. Share. Learn. Grow your network of colleagues and peers by joining as many of ACRL's unique sections and interest groups as you choose.

ACRL keeps you up-to-date on trends and developments in the field by delivering the highest quality products and services to help you sharpen your skills and discover new approaches to your work.

Influence the field and advance your career through publishing, presenting, scholarship opportunities, and mentoring.

ACRL members receive discounts on ACRL publications, online learning opportunities, and registration for ACRL conferences and events.

ACRL enables the higher education community to better understand the role that academic and research libraries play in teaching, learning, and research environments.

ALA's Member Value Programs (MVP) offer external benefits such as car insurance, pet insurance, and even savings on car rentals.

Meet Our Members

The ACRL community is rich in innovation, talent, creativity, energy, and dedication. Meet some of our members and learn how ACRL has made a personal difference in their careers and why academic librarianship matters.


Before joining ACRL, I was trying to maneuver through the world of librarianship on my own without even realizing it. After attending several ACRL sessions at ALA Annual Conference, I felt as though I had finally “found my people”! I love connecting with college and university librarians from all over the globe and sharing ideas. These connections make me a more effective instructor, librarian, and leader on campus.” ~ Susan Mythen, Florida State College at Jacksonville


If you have questions regarding membership dues or becoming a member, please contact ALA Member Relations and Services (MRS) at or 1-800-545-2433. MRS representatives are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.