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Giving Your Passion a Voice

Unit Descriptions

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Benefits of Membership


You are

  • connected to a profession, not just a job
  • immersed in learning best practices from a diverse group
  • at a nexus where issues, actions and ideas are shared

You become

  • part of a bigger community of all types/ sizes of libraries and library staff and supporters
  • a member of a strong network of people passionate about libraries
  • a contributor to the work of the association through volunteering and leadership

You have access to

  • annual spring and fall conferences, webinars and WLA-member-led learning opportunities
  • mentorship opportunities
  • information exchange and alerts through newsletters, blogs, social media
  • opportunities to hone presentation skills and share expertise

You can

  • be a change agent on behalf of libraries in Wisconsin
  • hone your leadership skills on committees, as unit leaders and on state-wide library projects
  • be part of formal leadership training at the annual Leadership Development Institute

You develop into

  • a knowledgeable advocate in your community
  • a strong advocate within your institution
  • a skilled political advocate for libraries with elected officials
  • a benefactor of the strong legislative agenda and efforts of WLA legislative efforts


Personal (individual)

Individuals currently employed in a library pay dues calculated at $3.00 per $1,000 of wages. Minimum is $50.00; maximum is $250.00.

Unemployed or retired library workers, trustees or Friends: $50.00

Full-time students pursuing a Master's in library science (joint ALA/WLA membership): $38.


  • Corporations (for profit): $200
  • Non-profits (including Friends groups): $75
  • Libraries and library-related organizations pay based on budget:
                           Up to $49,499 $  63.00
$50,000 to $99,999: $102.00
$100,000 to $249,999: $152.00
$250,000 to $499,999: $191.00
$500,000 to $999,999: $224.00
$1,000,000 and over:  $255.00