What is the NLA?

The Nebraska Library Association is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Nebraska’s libraries as well as their staffs, trustees, and Friends.
NLA is a Chapter of the American Library Association and a member of the Mountain Plains Library Association.

The Nebraska Library Association is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community. We advocate for our members, enrich their professional lives, advance the lifelong learning of all Nebraskans, and promote all library interests in Nebraska.

Who can join?

Individual membership in the Nebraska Library Association is open to:

  • students in a school of librarianship, library technology or a library trainee program;

  • any staff member of a library or library organization;

  • friends and community supporters of Nebraska libraries;

  • former or retired library staff members who are not currently employed by a library-related organization or commercial vendor;

  • self-employed providing services to libraries;

  • current or former members of library boards of trustees; and

  • professors, administrators or instructors of library science.

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What's in it for me?

  • Support - NLA members receive the benefit of the NLA’s advocacy efforts in the state legislature, the Governor's office, and other areas of state government to assure that Nebraska’s library systems are well-funded and maintain their community standing.

  • Education - NLA members receive reduced registration rates for a variety of events designed to help library staff keep up with the ever-changing world of information science and maintain the excellence that Nebraskans have come to expect from their libraries.

  • Information - NLA members receive regular updates on news and information that affects Nebraska’s libraries through the NLA Web site, blogs and other electronic communications from the NLA staff and NLA committees, sections, and roundtables.

  • Growth - NLA members have access to numerous opportunities for networking and involvement through NLA’s committees, sections, and roundtables. These opportunities to plan meetings, develop educational programming, evaluate trends, and develop resources for other NLA members help prepare library staff for leadership roles within their own libraries.

  • Community - NLA members are part of a Nebraska Library tradition that dates back to 1895. The Nebraska library community is a vibrant, forward group of individuals that helps its member’s connect and share resources across the state and the region.

How much does it cost?

Any library student in Nebraska can now join American Library Association (ALA) and NLA simultaneously for the low price of $38 (rising to $40 on August 31). The dues are split evenly between ALA and NLA. For NLA, this is a great deal, as our current student dues are $20, so this is only $1 less per student who joins within the next two months. Come fall, NLA will be receiving the exact same amount in dues. But for the student, the joint rate is substantially cheaper than joining NLA ($20) and ALA ($36) separately.

Member Type

Annual Dues

Regular - Includes librarians, other library employees and others employed in library service or related activities.


Library Staff - Includes those who are employed as a library assistant, technician, associate or clerical staff member. 


Trustees, Friends, and Board Members - Includes those not employed in library or information services or related activities who through their personal commitment and support promote library and information services; i.e.- members of advisory groups, friends, special citizen caucuses, governing boards, etc. 


Student - Includes those who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate library service, media or related program.  Membership in the student classification is limited to five years.


Transitional - Includes those who are unemployed (excluding retired members) or underemployed in library service or related activities at a salary of less than $10,000 annually.


Retired - Includes those who are retired


Section Memberships - Includes membership in individal sections (C&U, Para, PLTS, S&I, SCYP) - Cost is additional to membership rates listed above


 Round Table Memberships - Includes membership in individual round tables - Cost is additional to membership rates listed above.  $5



College & University Section $15
Paraprofessional Section $15
Public Library and Trustee Section $15
School, Children & Young People’s Section $15
Special & Institutional Section $15


Round Tables

New Members Round Table (1st year free to New Members) $5
Information Technology & Access Round Table $5
Technical Services Round Table $5
Intellectual Freedom Round Table $5


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How do I Join?

Prospective members can join online or print a membership application to mail or fax.
Membership is good for one year from the date your membership fee is collected.

Students who wish to join both ALA and NLA should register online with the ALA.

For more information about the ALA Joint Student Membership Program visit "Joint Membership Program" and "How Does it Work." 

How do I get involved?

The NLA relies on more than 100 elected and appointed volunteer leaders each year to guide the NLA in its activities and assist NLA staff with meeting planning, program selection, trends evaluation, and member communication. The NLA hears from many volunteers that their participation in NLA’s leadership has helped them improve their skills, increase their knowledge of library funding, network with more of their peers, and advance in their careers. NLA members have a variety of opportunities to get involved in by volunteering to be on a committee or be active in a section or roundtable.