Membership Statistics

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) has four full-time employees, an operating budget of approximately three million dollars, and net assets more than $1.8 million. Headquartered in Chicago, ILA is governed by a sixteen-member executive board, made up of elected officials. It is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.

The association has approximately 3,000 members with three membership categories: Personal, Institutional, and Associate. Membership is open to all, including the general public. Membership is not restricted to librarians, faculty members, or graduate library students. 

Membership Statistics as of June 2017

Personal Membership Categories (Based on Salary) Dues Members
$25,000 and under $40 267
$25,001-$40,000 $75 128
$40,001-$55,000 $100 532
$55,001-$75,000 $150 320
$75,001-$95,000 $200 109
$95,001 and up $250 90
Subtotal   1,446

There are approximately 4,040 Illinois members of the American Library Association.*  There are approximately 6,070 librarians** in Illinois and 1,446 or 24% belong to ILA.  86% of ILA members pay membership dues in the salary range under $75,000.

Flat Rate Personal Membership Categories            Dues Members
ILA Co-member $25 40
Lifetime   11
Retired $50 108
Student $25 155
Trustee $75 549
Subtotal   863

                                                                                                                        TOTAL PERSONAL  2,309

There are approximately 4,801 trustees in Illinois*** and 549 or 11% belong to the ILA.

There are approximately 348 students (individuals enrolled in an American Library Association-accredited Masters in Library and Information Science program)**** in Illinois and 153 or 43% belong to the ILA, although some of the ILA student members are in high school and not enrolled in an MLS program.

The American Library Association has approximately 222 employees in Chicago* and 7 or 3% belong to the ILA. (The ALA also has offices in Middletown, Conn. and Washington, D.C.)

Source:
*
American Library Association, Membership Development Office
** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment, and Wages, May 2015, 25-4021 Librarians
*** Illinois State Library, Library Development Group
**** American Library Association, Committee on Accreditation (COA), trend summaries 2002-2014

Institutional Membership Categories Dues Members
Public Library Membership based on Budget    
Less than $500,000 $85 239
$500,001-$1,000,000 $150 47
$1,000,001-$3,000,000 $225 88
$3,000,001-$5,000,000 $300 30
$5,000,001-$10,000,000 $500 25
$10,000,001-$20,000,000 $750 5
$20,000,001-$40,000,000 $2,500  
$40,000,001-$60,000,000 $5,000  
$60,000,001 and over $7,500 1
Total   435

There are approximately 639 public libraries*** in Illinois (city 158; district 343; town 4; township 42; and village 92) and 435 or 68% belong to the ILA.

Higher Education (based on enrollment) Dues Members
0-1,000 $75 14
1,001-2,500 $95 15
2,501-5,500 $140 14
5,501-12,500 $175 12
12,501-20,000 $240 4
20,001 and over $360 5
Total   64

There are approximately 156 academic agencies*** (college and university) libraries in Illinois and 64 or 41% belong to the ILA.

Elementary & Secondary Schools/School Districts

Dues Members
Flat Rate $100 7

In Illinois, there is a separate association for school librarians, Illinois School Library Media Association. There are approximately 788 K-12 school district recognized as having one or more school libraries *** in Illinois and 7 or 1% belong to the ILA.

Library Systems                                                      Dues Members
Flat Rate $1000 2
Special Libraries                                                     Dues Members
Flat Rate $100 15

In Illinois, there is a separate association for special librarians, Special Libraries Association, Illinois Chapter. There are approximately 222 special libraries *** in Illinois and 15 or 7% belong to the ILA.

Associate                                                                  Dues Members
Flat Rate $200 54

Commercial firms who exhibit at ILA Annual Conferences and/or advertise their goods/services in association publications.

GRAND TOTAL: 1,446 + 863 + 435 + 64 + 7 + 2 + 15 + 54 = 2,886

Membership Statistics as of the end of ILA’s fiscal year, June 30, 2017

 

                        Personal        Institutional  Associate      Total

1983-1984      3,510              n/a                 n/a                  3,510

1984-1985       3,362              n/a                 n/a                 3,362

1985-1986       3,115               343                22                  3,480

1986-1987       2,970               335                17                  3,322

1987-1988       2,916              360                 35                  3,311

1988-1989       2,694              358                 23                  3,075*

1989-1990       2,662              272                 25                  2,959

1990-1991       2,774               374                38                  3,186

1991-1992       2,687              364                 38                  3,089

1992-1993       2,640              335                 46                  3,021

1993-1994       2,541              349                 56                  2,946

1994-1995       2,741              338                 90                  3,169

1995-1996       2,569               333                75                  2,977

1996-1997       2,578               369                72                  3,019

1997-1998       2,533               372                76                  2,981

1998-1999       2,492               371                66                  2,929

1999-2000       2,562               368                81                  3,011

2000-2001       2,505               368                83                   2,956

2001-2002       2,487               360                78                   2,925

2002-2003       2,449               361                68                   2,878

2003-2004       2,314               346                62                   2,722

2004-2005       2,484               366                50                   2,900

2005-2006       2,464               392                46                   2,902

2006-2007       2,441               393                46                   2,880

2007-2008       2,498               532                38                   3,068

2008-2009       2,497               499                51                   3,047

2009-2010       3,068               479                53                   3,600**

2010-2011       2,991               448                56                   3,495

2011-2012       2,695               471                57                   3,223

2012-2013       2,667               485                55                   3,207

2013-2014       2,532               503                 57                  3,092

2014-2015       2,362               503                 66                  2,931

2015-2016       2,334               518                 64                  2,916

2016-2017       2,309              523                  54                  2,886

*  ISLMA was formed on March 23, 1988

** Free membership for Illinois MLS program attendees

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