Getting the Most from Your Membership

Create Your "Own ALA" 

ALA members tend to create their own ALA experience, which can evolve over time, by connecting with others with similar interests and goals,  by exploring something new, and by getting involved. ALA offers a wide variety of ways to connect with colleagues across the country and around the world.  This includes ALA Divisions, Round Tables, numerous Offices, and all the individual connections you will make over time.

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ALA Divisions ALA is home to membership divisions, each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization.   ALA divisions publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships.

ALA Round Tables: Round Tables are membership groups and charge their own member dues. develop programs, issue publications (with the approval of the ALA Publications Committee), and affiliate with regional, state or local groups with the same interests.

ALA Offices: ALA offices are units that address broad interests and issues of concern to ALA members. Offices do not have members but are advised by member advisory committees. ALA’s programmatically-focused Offices can be seen as generally reflecting the member-determined priority areas of the Association, within which they track issues, and provide information, services and products for members and the general public. Offices maintain liaison relationships with ALA round tables, committees and external groups. 

ALA Connect: Join other ALA members on our online community platform. Comment on discussions, message colleagues or start a thread on your own! Please note, you must login with your information. 

Have another question or issue with your membership? Contact us! If you have questions regarding membership dues or becoming a member, please contact the ALA Member Relations & Services Center at or 1-800-545-2433. We are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.