Join PLA

People who work in public libraries are drawn by something bigger than a job—you are moved by the extraordinary possibilities that libraries create. PLA understands, because we are library people ourselves. We know that as the role of public libraries keeps expanding, you must constantly adapt and absorb new responsibilities. How will you keep up?

PLA Membership

At PLA, we help make change work for public library people. Our programs, conferences, and continuing education opportunities keep you a step ahead, cultivating a talented community of professionals where anyone can contribute, and everyone can grow. Our practical tools and resources help you talk about how far your library has come and invent what comes next. PLA doesn't just improve public library services—we build public library leaders.

Annual Dues

PLA personal membership annual dues are as follows (effective September 1, 2023–August 31, 2024):

Regular member $85
International member $62
Trustee and associate members
This category includes those who are not employed in library and information services or related activities but are committed supporters.
Non-salaried or retired member
This category includes those who are retired, unemployed, or employed in a library service position at a salary less than $45,000 a year.
Student member $36

Please note: You must be a personal member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join PLA. Membership rates listed above do not include the price of ALA personal membership. Information about ALA dues is available online.

Your institution can also show its support for public libraries and receive access to valuable professional resources for its staff by becoming an Organizational Member in PLA.

Member Benefits

In addition to the numerous benefits provided by your ALA membership, PLA personal membership connects you to a wealth of resources specifically for public libraries, including:

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Members receive discounts on professional development offerings including online education, events, and products.

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Members receive a free subscription to Public Libraries magazine and exclusive access to our members-only newsletter and PLA Member Library.

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Members are connected to a community of 9,000 public library professionals where they can share skills and develop new ones through leadership training, networking, and volunteer opportunities.

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Members support our commitment to move the profession forward and represent the interests of public libraries everywhere.

View a complete list of PLA personal member benefits.

Shape Possibility. Join PLA.

As you shape an essential institution, you deserve an indispensable ally. Become a PLA member today.

How To Join

There are three convenient ways to join PLA/ALA.

  1. Join securely online.
  2. Print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in.
  3. Call the ALA Member Relations & Services Center at 1-800-545-2433.

Paying Dues in Installments

Personal members whose annual dues total $135 or more in any combination of ALA, divisions, sections, and round tables may choose to pay in two equal installments when joining with a credit or debit card. Learn more about paying dues in installments.


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.