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DCLA Membership

The District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) is an all-volunteer association that provides leadership to the library community in the District of Columbia. Founded in 1894, DCLA played a key role in the establishment of the District of Columbia Public Library and was responsible for initiating the first Library Legislative Day, now an annual event co-sponsored by the American Library Association. DCLA provides opportunities for personal and professional development through networking; participation in committees, interest groups, and its executive board; and through programming for new and transitioning information professionals. DCLA also advocates for local libraries and issues related to library service. Membership is open to information professionals, library staff, retirees, trustees, library school students, library volunteers, libraries, and Friends of Libraries who work, live, or go to school in the District of Columbia. The Association is a chapter of the American Library Association (ALA), with an elected chapter councilor serving on the ALA governing board. 


Benefits of Membership:

  • Most affordable library association in the DC Metro area
  • Eligibility to participate in committees, interest groups, and the executive board
  • Eligibility to apply for student financial aid loans
  • Eligibility to vote in DCLA elections
  • Representation on the ALA governing board through the elected chapter councilor
  • Access to the members-only listserv
  • Access to the members-only discussion and job forums
  • Access to past workshop handouts and slide shows
  • Access to Executive Board minutes
  • Access to the private Member Directory
  • Free or discounted registration to DCLA events and workshops
  • Free or discounted registration to Maryland and Virginia Library Associations events, workshops, and conferences
  • Free or discounted registration to DC/SLA events, workshops, and conferences
  • Opportunities for professional growth and networking
  • Opportunities to be a positive voice for libraries in DC

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Mailing Address:
Union Station
 50 Massachusetts Ave. SE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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