The Voice of Michigan Libraries

Welcome to the Michigan Library Association (MLA), Michigan's oldest and largest library association. Guided by the belief that free access to information is the cornerstone of a free society, MLA has advocated for libraries on behalf of the state's residents for more than 125 years. MLA defends the right to read, advocates for adequate library funding, clarifies library governance issues, promotes librarian education and works for free access of information to all residents.

Library Advocacy

MLA advocates on behalf of libraries and library issues by educating members, trustees, friends and elected officials about library issues critical to libraries such as free access to information and library funding.

Professional Development Benefits

Among MLA's many professional development benefits are numerous educational and networking workshops and conferences; job postings to help libraries with staffing needs; leadership opportunities to serve on boards and committees; award and recognition programs; and speaking and publishing opportunities.


MLA's membership is comprised of more than 1,500 individual and organizational members from public, academic, private and special libraries. MLA's mission is to serve all library professionals and their supporters.

Spring Institute 2019 Call for Proposals

MLA Spring Institute 2019: Growing, Networking, and Inspiring! 
March 27 – 29, 2019 
Double Tree by Hilton in Bay City, MI

Submissions welcome through Friday, November 9, 2018. More information

 Call For Proposals - Spring Institute 2019

MLA Seeks 2019-2020 Board Member Nominations

The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking candidates for the 2019-2020 Board Election. In April members will vote for a MLA President-elect and three member-at-large board positions. The at-large positions will serve for a three-year term beginning July 2019 and ending June 2022.

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018. To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form online. More information


2019-2020 MLA Board Nomination Form