Library of the American Library Association

The primary mission of the ALA Library is to help the staff of the American Library Association serve ALA members, and thereafter, the needs of the members of ALA, other libraries, and members of the public seeking information on librarianship. The ALA Library is a small special library with a collection that focuses exclusively on the history of and issues within libraries and librarianship. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information requests in accordance with this mission and collection scope.

Correspondents are encouraged to use online resources, such as those listed on the Library Reference, Research, and Resources web page at <>. For those seeking further assistance from the ALA Library, the staff will respond to the reference and information needs to the extent possible. Please note that the scope of services does not include extensive background research for graduate projects, compilation of extensive bibliographies, requests for information connected with contests, or completion of school or work assignments; please contact your local public library for assistance with these services.

ALA Library Fact Sheets
Home to the complete list of ALA Library Fact Sheets and bibliographies, which will start you on the path to information on our most frequently asked questions about libraries and librarianship. Our popular "Links to Library Web Resources" page now appears as ALA Library Fact Sheet 29: Links to Library Web Resources.

ALA Archives
Maintained at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read the information and policies, perform a search, or see the holdings by ALA unit.

ALA Periodicals
This is a list of the various newsletters, magazines, and journals published by the American Library Association, including those which are only available over the Internet. This list is in alphabetical order by title. A brief profile is offered of each title, which includes the name and e-mail address of the editor(s), the ISSN, the publishing frequency per year, the subscription cost per year, and contact information for placing a subscription order. Links to each publication's web site provided (if applies).

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award - Interlibrary Loan Procedures
Information for libraries on how to request winning entries of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award via interlibrary loan from the ALA Library; current winners and previous year's winners available only.

Contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.

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Function of the ALA Library and description of external service policy, plus links to pathfinders and fact sheets, ALA periodicals listing, and ALA archives