Membership

Join more than 2,000 members who help support the ILA on behalf of Illinois libraries and the millions who depend on them for their information needs

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ILA offers three categories of membership

  • Personal

    For all types of library staff, as well as trustees and other individuals.

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    Dues based on salary and start at $40 annually.

  • Institutional

    For all types of libraries and library organizations in the Illinois' library community.

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    Dues based on budget or enrollment and start at $85 annually.

  • Associate

    For companies and organizations that work closely with the library community.

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    Dues are $200 annually.


Personal Membership Benefits

Available to all types of library staff, as well as trustees and other individuals who wish to belong to a professional association that represents their interests. Membership includes discounts on conferences and events, participation in continuing education and professional development, opportunities for leadership growth and recognition. Personal membership dues are tiered to salary levels, with several flat-rate categories for students, retirees, etc.

Professional Development & Networking

  • Statewide annual conference with discounted registration for members
  • Member discounts on conferences and events for trustees, support staff, academic libraries, youth librarians, and other special interest groups
  • Membership and participation in roundtables and committees
  • Networking with colleagues around special interests
  • Leadership opportunities to build your resume and career
  • Eligibility to nominate and receive ILA Awards
  • Access to member-only website content, such as member directory

Legislative Advocacy

  • Resources and participation at the local, state, and national level
  • Help secure your library's public funding
  • Build a climate that encourages access to information
  • Receive legislative alerts

Information & Publications

  • Complimentary subscription to the ILA Reporter, published bi-monthly ($25 value)
  • Member discounts on single copies of Illinois Library Laws & Rules, Serving Our Public: Standards for Illinois Libraries, Trustee Facts File, and more
  • Priority notification of ILA initiatives, from iREAD Summer Reading program to new member orientation and other opportunities
  • Members-only access to designated online resources

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Institutional Membership Benefits

Available to all types of libraries and library organizations in the Illinois' library community. Institutional member dues are dedicated to support for legislative advocacy and statewide leadership on key library issues; these memberships also offer access to a range of group discounts, products, and services. Membership dues are tiered to library budget. 

Legislative Advocacy

  • Representation by ILA both in Springfield and Washington DC
  • Detailed information on issues that directly affect your library, such as tax caps, FOIA, filtering, and more
  • Your library name included in membership directory

Affinity Programs

  • Savings of up to 20 percent and more on property, casualty and workers' compensation insurance through LIRA, a group insurance pool
  • Savings on telecommunications services through Call One
  • Participation in the Fund for Illinois Libraries, allowing your library to receive tax-exempt contributions through ILA's 501(c)3 status

Information & Publications

  • Multiple copy volume discounts on all ILA publications, such as Illinois Library Laws & Rules, Serving Our Public: Standards for Illinois Libraries, Trustee Facts File, and more
  • Discounts for multiple registrations at conferences and events

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Associate Membership Benefits

Designed for companies and organizations that work closely with the library community, such as advertisers, sponsors, and exhibitors. Membership dues are a flat rate.

Savings and Discounts

  • Advertising discounts
  • Exhibitor discounts
  • List rental discounts

Preferred Placement

  • Advance booth selections
  • Unique sponsorship and advertising opportunities
  • Special recognition at ILA conferences and events

Access and Information

  • ILA Reporter subscription
  • ILA E-Newsletter subscription

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iREAD Summer Reading Programs

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