ALA Personal Membership: Benefits & Types

ALA membership is open to individuals, organizations, and non-profits, and businesses interested in working together to change the world for the better through libraries and librarians. ALA personal membership provides resources and benefits that help move your career forward with continuing education, networking opportunities and the latest library trends. Learn more about the benefits that come along with your personal membership below.

There are a variety of memberships and dues rates to meet the needs of any individual, organization/library, or business—along with opportunities to join divisions and round tables that focus on professional needs and interests.  

 

 

ALA Personal Member Types and Dues

Dues are based on your role in library work. Special rates are available for Retirees, Students, Friends, Trustees, International, and Non-Salaried/Unemployed members. Membership in ALA Divisions and Round Tables requires an additional fee.

  • Membership in ALA is required for divisional and round table membership.
  • Memberships run for 12 months starting with the month of your application.
  • ALA’s fiscal year is September to August.  Dues rates below are current from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022.

Membership Type Cost Requirements
Regular $150 Includes librarians as well as others employed in library and information services or related activities in positions that: (a) require a master's degree; (b) require a state level certification; or (c) are managerial.
First year $75 First and second year memberships are subsidized by ALA.
Second year $114 First and second year memberships are subsidized by ALA.
Student $40 Includes individuals enrolled in a program for a certificate or a degree in library and information studies. Certain state library associations (chapters) offer Joint Memberships with ALA for $42. Student membership is limited to five total years.
Non-Salaried/ in transition $54 Includes librarians earning less than $30,000 per year or not currently employed. In a difficult economy this category can be helpful to those in career transition or those just beginning their careers.
Library Support Staff $54 Includes others employed in library and information services or related activities. 
Retired $54 Includes those who have retired from library and information services or related activities.
Continuing Members Free. See conditions. Includes those who have been active, paid ALA members for at least 25 uninterrupted years. Continuing members receive ongoing free membership upon retirement.
Life Cost varies
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Includes those who purchase basic membership in ALA for life at rates dependent upon age at the time of application. Installment plans and lump-sum purchases are available. Life members receive full ALA, division and round table membership available for additional dues. Download and view the life member application (PDF) for more information.
Friend $68 Includes individual friends of libraries and members of special citizens caucuses interested in participating in association work.
Trustee $68 Includes those not employed in library and information services or related activities who, through their personal commitment and support, promote library and information services as members of governing boards, advisory groups, etc.
Associate $68 Includes those not employed in library and information services or related activities who, through their personal commitment and support, promote library and information services (e.g., friends and special citizen caucuses and/or individuals interested in participating in the work of the Association).
International $90 Includes librarians who do not hold U.S. citizenship and who are not employed in the United States or US possessions, regardless of salary level.

 


ALA Divisions

 

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Use the buttons above to go to the membership enrollment form.  Select or scroll to a division below for more information.

AASL          American Association of School Librarians
ALSC         Association for Library Service to Children
ACRL         Association of College and Research Libraries
Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures
PLA             Public Library Association
RUSA         Reference and User Services Association
United for Libraries
YALSA       Young Adult Library Services Association

ALA Round Table Membership


 


American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Publications: Knowledge Quest (5 issues), AASL Digest and School Library Smartbrief

Membership Type Cost
Regular $62
Student $40
Non-salaried $40
Retired $40
Sections Free

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Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Publications: Children and Libraries: The Journal of the ALSC (quarterly; $50 value), ALSC Matters! (quarterly)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $50
Student $20
Support Staff $35
Non-salaried $35
Associate $25
Retired $35

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Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Publications: College & Research Libraries (bi-monthly open access, online only) and C&RL News (11 issues, open access, online only)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $69
Student $5
Retired $45
Interest Groups or Sections  Free

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Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (Core)

Publications: Library Resources & Technical Services (quarterly, online only, $100 subscription included in dues); Library Leadership & Management (online, quarterly); Information Technology & Libraries (free, open access)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $70
Student $30
All Other Personal Types $40
Interest Groups or Sections  Free

 

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Public Library Association (PLA)

Publication: Public Libraries (bi-monthly; $65 subscription included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular (This category includes trustees, associates, and international members) $78
Student $35
Non-salaried $57
Retired $57

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Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Publication: Reference & User Services Quarterly (online - $25 subscription included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $67
Student $25
Support Staff $33
Retired $33
Non-salaried $33
Sections Free

 

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United For Libraries:  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (United for Libraries)

Publications: The Voice for America's Libraries (bi-monthly: $20 subscription included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular $55
Student $20
Trustee $55

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Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Publications: Young Adult Library Services (quarterly-$70 subscription included in dues) and YALSA E-News (weekly-$35 subscription included in dues)

Membership Type Cost
Regular & International $62
Student $27
Library Support Staff $27
Retired $27
Non-Salaried $27
Friends and Advocates $27

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ALA Round Tables

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ALA Round Table Dues    
Use the buttons above to access membership enrollment form.  Select a Round Table below for more information.   Regular Student Retired
Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT) $20 $10  
Film & Media (FMRT) $20 Free  
Games & Gaming (GameRT) $10    
Graphic Novel and Comics Round Table (GNCRT*Note:  $5 rate applied to support staff and unemployed members $15 $5  
Government Documents (GODORT)      Newsletter: "dttp: Documents to the People" — included in dues. $20 $10  
Intellectual Freedom (IFRT) $15 $5  
International Relations (IRRT)   Note:  ALA International members residing outside of the United States receive free membership. $15 $5  
Learning (LearnRT) $20    
Library History (LHRT) $20 $5  
Library Instruction (LIRT) $15 $5  
Library Research (LRRT)   Note:  Free to ALA student members enrolled in a doctoral program. $15 Free*  
Library Support Staff Interests (LSSIRT) $10    
Map and Geospatial Information (MAGIRT) $20 $10  
New Members ( NMRT) (First 10 years of ALA membership) (+10 years of NMRT membership qualify for NMRT Alumni status) $15 $10  
Rainbow (RainbowRT) $15 $5  
Retired Members (RMRT) $20    
Social Responsibilities (SRRT) (International Members can join for $8)  *Note:  $5 rate applied to retired and unemployed members $15 Free $5*
Staff Organizations (SORT) $3    
Sustainability (SustainRT) *Note: $5 rate is applied to non-salaried  $10 Free *$5

 


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