Join or Renew your DLA Membership

Benefits of DLA Memberships

DLA members enjoy reduced registration fees for conference and other events, listserv access, leadership opportunities, voting rights and more!

New this year – Institutional Memberships!

Does your library provide DLA memberships for its staff? Consider an Institutional Membership. Sustaining and Substantial levels include library staff memberships with no additional charge. Institutional memberships include unlimited job advertising on DLA’s website; a great way to get the word out about hiring opportunities.


Personal Memberships

  • DLA Membership Online Application – Apply and pay online!
  • DLA Membership Application PDF
    (Please download, fill out and save to your computer to retain information.)
    Print your completed membership form to mail in with check, or drop it off for the Treasurer at DLA office in Dover (c/o Delaware Division of Libraries, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover DE 19901.) Contact DLA if you have questions: dla@lib.de.us.

Rolling membership:
This means that you get a full year’s membership, no matter when you renew! We encourage you to stay active in the Delaware Library Association – from renewing your membership to joining a committee to attending meetings – there are many ways to get involved. You will receive an email about a month before your membership is due to expire. Please contact Sara Thomas (sarathomas.dla@gmail.com) to check the status of your membership.

Special combined offer for student members:
Join DLA and the American Library Association (ALA) for only $38! Offer expires August 31, 2017. For more information and to join, visit:http://www.ala.org/groups/joint-membership-program and select Delaware Library Association.


I. Membership Categories

A. Personal Membership

  1. Professional – persons employed in a professional capacity in library services.
  2. Paraprofessional – persons employed in a paraprofessional capacity in library services.
  3. Student – persons involved in a program of Library and Information science.
  4. Retired – persons who have retired from active library work.
  5. Friend – library trustees, Library Advisory Commission members, persons belonging to DLA State Friends and/or Friends of their local library organizations.
  6. Sustaining – persons willing to support the Association to a larger extent than the regular membership.
  7. Honorary Life Members – members who have retired from active library work and are selected by the Executive Board of the Association.

B. Institutional Membership

  1. Regular – libraries, library schools, and other non-profit library-related institutions or agencies.
  2. Sustaining – institutions willing to support the Association to a larger extent than regular membership.
  3. Substantial –  institutions with budgets exceeding $1,000,000.

II. Dues

  1. The membership year for any member is twelve consecutive months effective the first day of the month following receipt of dues payment.
  2. Membership in one division is included in the general membership dues. Additional divisional memberships can be obtained by payment of an additional fee per division.
  3. Members who have not paid dues for the current year are no longer members of the Association. Their names will be retained on the mailing list for a time period selected by the Membership Committee, with the approval of the Executive Board.
  4. The annual dues for each membership category shall be specified by the Executive Board, provided that the increase for any year is no more than 20% for each category.

III. Rights and Privileges of Members

A. Personal Members

  1. Personal members shall have the right to vote and hold office. They shall be eligible for any special membership rates at Association conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  2. Membership in one division is included in the general membership dues. Additional divisional memberships can be obtained by payment of  an additional fee per division to the Association.
  3. Each personal member shall receive a confirmation of payment and membership.
  4. Each personal member shall receive issues of the DLA Bulletin (if distributed in print) and copies of all general mailings to the Association membership.
  5. Membership includes a subscription to the DLA listserv (dla-l).

B. Institutional Members

  1. Institutions paying membership dues shall receive a confirmation of payment and membership.
  2. Institutional members shall receive issues of the DLA Bulletin (if distributed in print) and copies of all general mailings to the Association membership.

Contact Information

For questions pertaining to Delaware Library Association membership, contact the Membership Committee Chair:
Sara Thomas
New Castle Public Library
424 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 328-1995
sarathomas.dla@gmail.com