About Membership

Anyone can be a member. You don’t have to work in a library, serve on a library board, or be a member of a Friends of the Library organization. You only need to be interested in libraries and in the goals of the Association.

Washington’s citizens rely upon libraries to further their education, enhance their skills in the work place, fully function in today’s global society, and enrich and enjoy their daily lives. The Washington Library Association, with a membership of over 1,300 individuals and 48 institutions, provides the leadership needed to develop, improve, and promote library services to all Washington residents.

WLA funds the advocacy work of two legislative liaisons to represent the interests of all of WA’s libraries. They work with State legislators on state, regional and federal matters ranging from early literacy, school libraries, LSTA and other funding, electronic resources and collections, censorship, intellectual freedom, Friends’ groups, election of trustees, and everything in between.

Washington State law (RCW 42.17A.635) prohibits public funds from being used for lobbying, so WLA is very careful to use only Individual and other non-public membership dues to fund our lobbying activities. This makes Institutional dues all the more important for funding other WLA initiatives, activities, and services. It takes both Individual and Organizational Members for WLA to sustain a relevant organization for all of our members, as well as continuing to be an effective advocate for Washington libraries.

Have a question? Give us a call, 206-823-1138, or send an email, info@wla.org.

The WLA mailing address is: PO Box 33808, Seattle, WA 98133

Individual Membership

Membership is valid for one year from your join/renewal date.

NEW Members click here to join!
WLA Members renew here!

*WLA’s online membership application system is secure and encrypted.

Membership Levels

Individual Employee  
Up to $10k  $20.00
$10.1k - $20k $30.00
$20.1k - $25k $35.00
$25.1k - $30k $40.00
$30.1k - $35k $45.00
$35.1k - $40k $50.00
$40.1k - $45k $60.00
$45.1k - $50k $70.00
$50.1k - $60k $75.00
$60.1k - $70k $90.00
$70.1k - $80k $100.00
$80.1k - $90k $120.00
$90.1k - $100k $135.00
$100k and Above $150.00
Student* $20.00
Trustee/Retired/Unemployed $20.00
Friends, Foundations & Non-Profit $50.00
Business & Sales $100.00

Payment of membership dues is deductible for most members of a trade association under Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code as an ordinary and necessary business expense. However, the Washington Library Association estimates that up to 54% percent of dues payments are not deductible as a business expense because of WLA lobbying activities on behalf of its members. Any donations received by WLA as a 501(c)(4) organization are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Student Membership

Students are encouraged to explore the American Library Association's Joint Chapter Membership; click here for member benefit details. Eligible students must enroll directly through the ALA/WLA Joint Membership Program.   

Organizational Membership

If you are an institution interested in joining WLA, please click here to download the application. To see a list of Organizational member benefits, please click here.

Membership Renewal 

Existing WLA members must log in to renew membership. If you need assistance logging in, please contact the WLA Office.

Add additional Divisions or Sections to your membership!

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Membership Cancellation Policy: WLA memberships are non-refundable.