Member Center

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Our member opportunities bring library people together, so they can strengthen what makes their library unique and invent what comes next. At PLA, we provide the tools and resources necessary to help our members adapt and absorb new responsibilities while shaping the essential institution of public libraries. You deserve an ally as dedicated to possibility as you are.

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For Members

Benefits of Personal Membership
PLA provides a wealth of resources dedicated to helping you build career-changing knowledge and networks. Additionally, ALA membership is a prerequisite to PLA personal and organizational membership and brings its own benefits.

Committee Volunteer Form
Each spring, the PLA president-elect will appoint PLA members to committees, advisory groups, and award juries. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one of these groups, please fill out the Committee Volunteer Form (login required*). Please note that PLA is not able to accommodate all volunteer requests; however we will keep your name and committee preferences for two years to allow for two rounds of committee appointments. Feel free to call the PLA office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA (5752) for more information.

Email and Communication Preferences
PLA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and shares communication platforms with ALA. To ensure you’re receiving emails and communications from PLA, please check your preference settings.

PLA Member Library
Free access to the new PLA Member Library (login required*), which includes new titles in the PLA Quick Reads series and the past five years of Public Libraries magazine.

Manage My Membership
Manage My Membership (login required*) helps you more easily manage and create your own membership experience. Update your membership information, access useful information, better understand how ALA is organized via its Divisions, Round Tables and Offices, and stay abreast of ALA work and professional issues. Over time, ALA will be adding even more options and functions.

Find out how to renew your PLA personal membership.


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 . Customer service representatives are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

*You will be asked to login to confirm your current PLA personal membership. If you’ve forgotten your login information, you'll be able to retrieve your username/password or create a login if you don't have one from the "Login" page.