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PaLA Personal Members

Who are Personal Members?

Personal Members of PaLA are individuals who support libraries through membership in PaLA. 



  • PaLA is the only association in Pennsylvania that advocates for all types of libraries - public, academic, school and special - and provides a voice for Pennsylvania's librarians, support staff, trustees and friends
  • Sponsorship of state legislative activities and participation in national efforts in cooperation with other state and national library organizations
  • Stay informed about state and federal library issues with electronic issues of the PaLA Bulletin (4 issues a year)
  • A partner in the fight against censorship
  • Award programs honoring outstanding library service
  • Support for library service to children and older adults
  • Promotion of lifelong learning and literacy
  • Promotion of Pennsylvania libraries through association activities and exhibits at state and national conferences


  • Connect with a network of colleagues who will provide valuable assistance in professional development
  • Access to the online membership directory of colleagues working in all types of libraries across Pennsylvania
  • 24-hour jobline for employment listings
  • Numerous networking opportunities to meet with peers and expand the circle of valuable library contacts through state, regional and local activities
  • Access to our Members Only section of the web site

Professional Development

  • Annual state conference, chapter meetings and other professional development and educational opportunties in cooperation with other library organizations and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries
  • The PaLA Bulletin, which provides librarians with opportunities to be published
  • Input about speakers and topics through their local chapter, divisions and round tables
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills


  • Awards, scholarships and continuing education grants
  • Education and information sharing for library support staff
  • Earn ALA accredited MLS degree online through Drexel University and receive a 20% tuition discount

Register online as a Personal Member


Individual membership rates:

Individual membership dues are determined by membership type.

  • Personal Regular: Dues are calculated according to Annual Gross Salary at $3 for each $1,000 of salary, with a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $185. For example, an individual who earns $30,000 annually will make a dues investment of $90 ($30 x $3).  This membership category is for library staff, including professional, paraprofessional and technology-related positions. Your membership amount will be calculated from your gross salary amount on the checkout form.
  • Personal Student Member: Dues are $30. This membership category is for full-time students taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester; Students joining with PaLA/ALA Joint Membership should not use this form, rather visit the ALA web site.
  • Personal Trustee Member: Dues are $30. Trustee Membership is available to trustees currently serving on a library board.
  • Personal Lay Member: Dues are $30. Lay Memberships are open to anyone who is interested and supportive of Pennsylvania Libraries including friends of libraries groups, or others not employed in a library related position.
  • Personal Retired Member: Dues are $30. This membership category is for retired persons who are interested and supportive of Pennsylvania Libraries.
  • Continuing Retired Member: No charge for membership. This membership category is for retired persons who held PaLA membership for a minimum of 25 continuous years at the time of retirement. You must contact the office to become a continuing retired member. 


Register online as a Personal Member now!

PaLA membership dues and donations may be tax deductible as we are a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor. 

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