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Review membership information and dues rates below. If you need help selecting the appropriate member type please do not hesitate to contact us at (517) 394-2774 or [email protected].

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Organizational Membership

Member Benefits | Dues Rates

Through Organizational membership with MLA, your library and staff will benefit from advocacy, education, and opportunities to engage with the statewide library community that help advance the library profession, promote and protect our libraries and provide the best possible library service to our communities. Organizational membership also gives libraries discounts on staff memberships, library directors receive a complimentary individual membership as representatives of their organizations, plus our new Linked Trustee benefit for organizational members grants complimentary membership benefits to all of your library’s trustees.

Organizational Membership Dues Rates

The Organizational Membership Dues Year is July 1 – June 30 to coincide with MLA’s Fiscal Year. Organizational Dues for library members are based on the operating expense budget of the library, library cooperative or consortium, or library school.

The operating expense budget includes the following: The total cost necessary to support the provision of library services including total staff expenditures, total collection expenditures, and other operating expenditures. No capital purchases or pass-through purchases for other organizations will be used to calculate organizational dues.

Expense Budget Range 2023-2024 Dues
$50,000 or less $123
$50,001 to $75,000 $184
$75,001 to $112,500 $234
$112,501 to $168,750 $299
$168,751 to $253,125 $381
$253,126 to $379,688 $486
$379,689 to $569,531 $620
$569,532  to $854,297 $791
$854,298 to $1,281,445 $1008
$1,281,446 to $1,922,168 $1,285
$1,922,169 to $2,883,252 $1,638
$2,883,253 to $4,324,878 $2,088
$4,324,879 to $6,487,317 $2,663
$6,487,318 to $ 9,730,975 $3,395
$9,730,976 to $14,596,463 $4,330
$14,596,464 to $21,894,695 $5,519
$21,894,696 to $32,842,042 $7,038
$32,842,043 to $49,263,063 $8,973
$49,263,064 to $73,894,594 $11,440



Individual Membership

Member Benefits | Dues Rates

Individual Membership is available for library staff, trustees, and retired library professionals, as well as individuals that are supportive of libraries and the library profession. Joint membership with MLA and the American Library Association (ALA) is available for Library and Information Science students. Individuals who work for a library, library cooperative or consortium, or a library school that is a current Organizational Member of MLA are eligible for the discounted affiliated membership.

Whether you are interested in membership with MLA to grow your career, or you want to support libraries and the library profession, MLA has a membership option that is right for you. 

Individual Member Types and Dues Rates

Individual membership dues are assessed on an anniversary basis and are valid for 12 months from the time you join. MLA members enjoy a 60-day grace period on renewal dues, after which memberships will be canceled for non-payment.

  • Affiliated Individual Member – $85
    Any individual employed by and directly affiliated with an Organizational Member.

  • Unaffiliated Individual Member – $170
    Any individual who is not affiliated with an Organizational Member.

  • Affiliated Trustee Member – $50
    Any Trustee or member of a board of directors of an Organizational Member. 

  • Unaffiliated Trustee Member – $100
    Any Trustee or member of a board of directors of a library that is not an Organizational Member.

  • Unaffiliated Library Director – Dues are the greater of $170.00 or 80% of the Organizational Member rate.
    Any library director or chief administrative officer of a library, library cooperative, consortium or library school that is not associated with an Organizational Member. 

  • Retiree Member – $50
    Any person age 60 or older who is a former employee of and retired from a library, library cooperative, consortium or library school is eligible for membership in this category.

  • Student Member – $42
    Joint membership in the American Library Association (ALA) and MLA is available to any Library and Information Science student. Learn more and join or renew at

  • Life Member
    Any Individual Member who, on or before January 1, 2010, was designated as a Life Member by the Board of Directors. No dues or membership fees shall be required of Life Members.


Strategic Partner Membership

Member Benefits | Dues Rates

Strategic Partner memberships are available for organizations that would like to partner with MLA and connect with the Michigan library community. Strategic Partner Members are entities that are supportive of and have an interest in libraries, library cooperatives, consortiums, or library schools including non-profit organizations that partner with libraries as well as businesses that provide goods and services to the library community. Through a Strategic Partner membership, your organization or business can connect with the library community in Michigan. Whether you provide products and services to libraries or you are a non-profit organization that would like to partner with libraries to get the word out to patrons about your resources or programs, Strategic Partner membership can further your organization's mission while supporting our mission to lead the advancement of all Michigan libraries.

Strategic Partner Dues Rates

The Strategic Partner membership year is July 1 – June 30 to coincide with MLA’s Fiscal Year. Strategic Partners interested in joining outside of the member year should fill out the online membership form or contact us at (517) 394-2774 or [email protected]. When we process your membership we will calculate your dues so your next renewal will coincide with MLA's fiscal year.

  • Non-profits designated as 501(c)(3) are eligible for Strategic Partner Membership at an annual dues rate of $170

  • For-profit businesses are eligible at an annual dues rate of $300

Unaffiliated Individual membership is also available for those interested in working with MLA at an annual rate of $170. If you are an author, sole-proprietor or individual performer, our Unaffiliated Individual membership may be a better option. Review member benefits for Strategic Partners and Individuals to determine which option would best suit your needs, or give us a call at (517) 394-2774. We are happy to advise on the best option for your circumstances.


Student Membership

Your student years are the prime years to establish your relationship with your statewide professional association. Membership affords access to a vast array of conferences, programs and workshops that provide personal and professional growth. Your membership will enable you to enhance your career preparation and gain access to a wealth of career-building resources. At $42 annually, Library and Information Science students will become a member of both the American Library Association and the Michigan Library Association. Membership in MLA-ALA is an excellent investment in your career. Learn more about joint membership at


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