American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. It is the oldest and largest library association in the world,[4] with more than 57,000 members.[5]

American Library Association
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AbbreviationALA
FormationOctober 6, 1876; 144 years ago (1876-10-06)
TypeNon-profit
NGO
Purpose"To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all."[1]
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Location
Region served
United States
Membership
60,301[2]
Tracie D. Hall
Patty Wong (librarian)
Budget
$55 million[3]
Staff
approx. 300
Websitewww.ala.org