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About MLA

Our Mission: Helping libraries and library professionals succeed.

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is Michigan's oldest and largest library association. MLA has served the library profession in Michigan for more than 128 years. Our membership includes more than 325 libraries and 1400 individuals throughout Michigan from public, academic, school and special libraries, and organizations supportive of libraries. We are a collaborative network of libraries, library professionals and library supporters who are dedicated to advocating for libraries, growing professionally as leaders in the library community and advancing the profession through sharing of best practices, innovative ideas and new programs and services that benefit library personnel, library patrons and the communities we serve.

MLA is dedicated to protecting library services and funding. We advocate for libraries through statewide public relations campaigns, grassroots advocacy and lobbying. As a united community, MLA is the collective voice for Michigan libraries. We advocate for and protect library funding and monitor and respond to anything that impacts our libraries’ ability to serve our communities. Learn more about MLA advocacy.

We also provide professional development opportunities for library staff–from participating on work groups and committees to education and training, networking events and speaking and presenting opportunities, MLA supports library professionals, helping them expand their skill sets and advance in their careers. Learn more about getting involved with MLA.

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