Reinstate Your PLA Membership

Thank you for your interest in reinstating your PLA membership. When you reinstate your membership, you’ll receive a full year of career-enhancing benefits dedicated to public library professionals, including:

  • Discounts

    Members receive discounts on professional development offerings including online education, events, and products.
  • Publications & Resources

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

    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.
  • Advocacy

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

For more information, contact the PLA Office at (800) 545-2433 x5PLA or

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.

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 renewing with a credit or debit card. Learn more about paying dues in installments.

How To Reinstate Your Membership

There are three convenient ways:

  1. Renew 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.


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.