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About MLA

Our Mission:

The Michigan Library Association leads the advancement of all Michigan libraries through advocacy, education and engagement.

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is Michigan's oldest and largest library association. MLA has served the library profession in Michigan for more than 130 years. Our membership includes more than 2000 libraries and 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.

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The Michigan Library Association leads the advancement of all Michigan libraries through advocacy, education and engagement.

MLA will advance this mission, in partnership and collaboration with public, school, academic, tribal and special libraries; cooperatives; library support organizations; staff, governing bodies, and friend’s groups.


The Michigan Library Association is an indispensable resource and valued leader, partner and advocate for Michigan libraries.

Beliefs and Guiding Principles

  • We believe that all libraries are central to the intellectual and creative lives of the people they serve.

  • We believe that across all library types, we share a deep commitment to the enduring value and role of libraries in our communities, in our schools and campuses, and within our businesses.

  • We believe in equal and free access to information and knowledge.

  • We believe in an individual’s right to privacy.

  • We believe in the spirit of collaboration and building strong, diverse alliances, and that greater impact is made when we work together toward a common goal.

  • We believe in life-long learning – being well-informed and well-trained to address and cultivate cutting-edge ideas and best practices in the 21st Century.

  • We believe in a member focused environment – where members opinions are gathered, vetted and analyzed to establish the direction and priorities of MLA.

  • We believe in being transparent, fair and ethical. When we are transparent, we invite trust by revealing we have nothing to hide.

  • We believe that by investing in equity, diversity, accessibility and belonging that all our members will feel welcomed by MLA and will be energized and empowered to embrace an information-driven world with open eyes, hearts and minds.


Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.

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