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MLA offers membership for individuals and institutions.

Individual Membership


As an individual member, you receive:

  • Connections with library professionals and other leadersacross your specialty, across library settings, and across the state. MLA offers opportunities for you to meet people with similar interests, share information with other members, and expand your circle of valuable library contacts.
  • Educational opportunities that help you meet professional challenges and develop your career path.
  • Volunteer opportunities at the Annual Conference and with MLA committees, divisions, sections, and roundtables.
  • Support for intellectual freedom issues and professional rights.
  • Legislative advocacy. MLA actively works to influence legislation affecting libraries and librarians. Our professional lobbyist keeps legislators informed of library needs and works to introduce and pass legislation as needed. All members receive regular updates through the Library Legislative list-serv. MLA offers a chance to improve your advocacy skills while you support our efforts to improve library service and funding in Minnesota and nationally.
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills by chairing committees, planning events, running for office, working within subunits, or participating in MILE (The MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence).
  • Opportunities to present at workshops and the Annual Conference.
  • Opportunities for recognition and awards.
  • Access to the membership directory and other members-only materials on the MLA website.
  • An online listing of jobs available in Minnesota libraries.
  • Waived fees for posting job listings on the MLA job board (post for free!).
  • Monthly MLA Roundup e-mails and other announcements about issues and events in the library community.
  • Discounted membership registration rates for the Annual Conference and other MLA events (such as ARLD Day, RART Retreat, Legislative Day, and Legislative Forum).

JOIN OR RENEW

You must be logged in to your account to join or renew. If you don’t already have an account, you will be required to create one.

Individual membership dues are based on your current salary. Special membership dues are available for students, library Friends, trustees, and retired library staff. Affiliate membership is available to members of ASI, MN ASIS&T, ITEM, HSLM, MALL and MN SLA. Membership is annual and renews 12 months after the date you join.

Membership types and dues:

  • Student – $30
  • Friend – $30
  • Trustee – $30
  • Retired – $30
  • Individual –
    • (Less than $29,999) – $30
    • ($30,000-39,999) – $85
    • ($40,000-49,999) – $115
    • ($50,000-59,999) – $145
    • ($60,000-69,999) – $170
    • ($70,000-79,999) – $200
    • ($80,000 & Above) – $230
  • Affiliate – $60 (for current members of ASI, MN ASIS&T, ITEM, HSLM, MALL or MN SLA)

Institutional Membership


Any library, library agency, library association, educational institution, or other nonprofit organization or any company or organization that has an interest in libraries and librarianship and wishes to help further the goals of the Minnesota Library Association can become an institutional member of MLA.

As an institutional member, you receive:
  • The MLA member rate for one staff member to attend MLA conferences and events.
  • Regular updates on MLA’s advocacy and legislative activities.
  • Free job notice postings on the MLA website.*
  • Copies of all MLA publications.
  • Participation in statewide advocacy and legislative programs for libraries.

*The person posting the job must be the institutional membership representative or an active individual member of MLA.

JOIN OR RENEW

You must be logged in to your account to join or renew. If you don’t already have an account, you will be required to create one.

Institutional membership dues are based on your organization’s annual budget. Membership is annual and renews 12 months after the date you join.

Membership types and dues:

  • Organization
    • (Less than $15,000) – $30
    • ($15,000-39,999) – $60
    • ($40,000-74,999) – $85
    • ($75,000-299,999) – $115
    • ($300,000-599,999) – $145
    • ($600,000-999,999) – $170
    • ($1,000,000-4,999,999) – $260
    • ($5,000,000 & Above) – $345
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