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Membership in ILA offers professional growth opportunities, access to a wide range of useful publications, and opportunities to participate in workshops, conferences, and a variety of groups and committees. Through its legislative advocacy efforts, ILA continuously fights to protect the interests of Illinois' libraries, and was presented the Illinois Press Association's 1999 Legislative Service Award for outstanding commitment to the protection of free speech and free press issues.

Members have opportunities to participate in more focused groups and committees as well. ILA's special interest groups are free of charge to members and serve the diverse needs of ILA's membership. Activities throughout the year include special workshops, informal working groups, publications, seminars, and more. ILA also has a number of standing committees to which members are appointed for two and three-year terms.

See below for more information on Personal, Associate, and Institutional Memberships:

Personal Membership

Benefits of a Personal Membership with ILA include:

  • Professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences at discounted member rates
  • Participation opportunities in ILA’s different special interest groups, addressing issues from intellectual freedom to social responsibility, and serving the needs of special groups from academic to youth services librarians, from public library managers to library trustees
  • Legislative advocacy through ILA’s legislative program which represents ILA at legislative hearings and issues legislative alerts and updates to ILA’s membership
  • Employment services through the Library Jobline of Illinois
  • Networking with colleagues throughout Illinois and increasing legislative contacts
  • ILA Reporter, a bimonthly newsletter which covers legislative topics, current issues, information on ILA activities, and the only published calendar of statewide, library-related events
  • Savings on ILA publications
  • Discount on Illinois Library Association Handbook of Organization and Membership Directory, an essential reference tool for association information and networking
  • Recognition through ILA’s awards programs, honoring deserving individuals each year for their accomplishments for the library community Students receive substantial savings on educational activities
  • Opportunities for savings with Hertz Rent-A-Car

Become a Personal Member today! Join online or mail/fax the application. 

Associate Membership

Benefits of an Associate Membership with ILA include:

  • Advertising discounts
  • Exhibit space discounts
  • Advance booth selection
  • List rental discounts
  • ILA Reporter subscription
  • Unique sponsorship and advertising opportunities
  • Special recognition at ILA conferences and events

Become an Associate Member today! Join online or mail/fax the application. 

Institutional Membership

Benefits of an Institutional Membership with ILA include:

  • Legislative advocacy: ILA is the voice of the Illinois library community. ILA studies, recommends, and supports legislation necessary for the development and support of libraries and library service throughout Illinois. With the advice of our experienced legislative consultants in Springfield, ILA issues legislative updates and conducts campaigns on issues of federal and state interest.
  • Professional development: Opportunities for your staff to improve skills and enhance knowledge through workshops, seminars, and the ILA Annual Conference.
  • Institutional credits are available (per $25 dues paid) for individual registration at member rates for any ILA conference, workshop, or event
  • List rental discounts
  • ILA Reporter subscription: Receive a subscription to ILA's bimonthly newsletter for your institution.
  • Unique sponsorship and advertising opportunities
  • Discount on Illinois Library Association Handbook of Organization & Membership Directory, an essential reference tool for association information and networking

Apply for an Institutional Membership today! Join online or mail/fax the application.