RUSA is an influential and authoritative organization, essential to the work of anyone engaged in the practices of connecting people to resources, information services, and collections.

Vivid Description of a Desired Future: RUSA is known for signature products made available through a variety of innovative formats. The association’s services are relevant, accessible, and clearly contribute to the success of its members at all stages of their careers. RUSA members benefit professionally through relevant programming featuring the newest trends, technology and services.

Participation in the association’s programming is considered essential to professional growth and to advancing libraries to meet new user needs. The strength of RUSA is reflected in its diversity of collaborative, innovative and engaged members who participate in collegial mentoring and networking. RUSA is renowned as a leading advocate group for library resources, information services and collections, and is recognized throughout ALA and beyond for its expertise.

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Core Organizational Values:

  • Building relationships among members from all types of libraries
  • Encouraging openness, innovation, and idea sharing
  • Promoting excellence in library services and resources


Value of Joining

  • Keep up to date through RUSA publications and resources
  • Maintain and expand your network of peers
  • Show support for the profession and RUSA’s advocacy work
  • Learn new skills to become more proficient in your job
  • Advance your career through committee volunteer service

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

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





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RUSA Sections:

  • Business Reference and Service (BRASS)
  • Collection Development and Evaluation (CODES)
  • Emerging Technologies Section (ETS)
  • History (HS)
  • Reference Services Section (RSS)
  • Sharing and Transforming Access to Resource Section (STARS)

Please note: You must be a personal member of the American Library Association (ALA) to join RUSA. Membership rates listed above do not include the price of ALA personal membership. See information about ALA dues.


If you have questions regarding membership dues or becoming a member, please contact us at or 1-800-545-2433. We are available to assist you Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.