Membership Benefits

In addition to benefits from ALA, YALSA offers its members exclusive benefits, including discounts on products, publications, courses, and events; awards and grants; networking and professional development tools; publications; and more. Questions about member benefits can be directed to Letitia Smith, YALSA’s Membership Coordinator, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390, or

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Only YALSA members enjoy the following discounts:

Awards, Contests, Grants, and Stipends

YALSA offers more than $90,000 in awards, contests, grants, stipends, and scholarships exclusively to its members each year:

  • YALSA gives out more than $90,000 in annual member awards and grants each year for travel, research, collection development and more
  • YALSA regularly offers contests and stipends for travel, advocacy efforts, strategic thinking, and more
  • YALSA annually supports a Spectrum Scholar, to encourage members of a diverse background to enter the profession, and the Emerging Leaders program, which fast-tracks promising new ALA members into leadership positions
  • ALA offers more than 60 grants and fellowships for which YALSA members can apply.

Networking and Professional Development

For career advancement and networking, YALSA members have an advantage over nonmembers through exclusive access to:

Publications and Resources

YALSA members receive free access to exclusive publications: