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Who is eligible to join AALL?
AALL has three membership categories in accordance with the Bylaws:
- Individual: Any person who is interested in the objectives of the Association.
- Retired*: Any person who is interested in the objectives of the Association, who has retired from active membership, and has retired from full-time work.
- Student*: A student member must be enrolled in a degree program related to law librarianship. Membership in this category is limited to five consecutive years.
*Proof of status for Retired and Student dues required.
Does membership run on a calendar year or anniversary schedule?
All members are on the same dues timeline: June 1- May 31 each year. We begin invoicing in March.
What is the cost of membership to AALL?
The full membership dues for the 2020-21 dues year are:
- Individual $270 / Retired* $67 / Student* $67
Retired? Learn more about the Sustaining Member payment option.
- Special Interest Section / $20 each
*Proof of status for Retired and Student dues required.
A discount is available for unemployed members. Please contact Membership Services for more information.
How are the dues prorated throughout the year?
Dues are prorated on December 1. After March 1, all members join and renew for the next dues year at the full rate. Special interest section (SIS) dues are not prorated.
Individual membership dues start at $270, and the schedule is as follows for the 2020-21 dues year:
- March 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020: $270
- December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021: $135
Student and retired* members start at $67, and the schedule is as follows for the current 2020-21 dues year:
- March 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020: $67.00
- December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021: $33.50
*Proof of status required.
How do I join?
American Association of Law Libraries
94340 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678-9430.
If you live outside the United States, membership dues must be paid in USD$.
Do you accept payment via wire transfer?
AALL will accept wire transfer as a form of payment. For account information and instructions, please contact Ruth Gonzalez at 312.205.8034 or by email.
Are AALL or SIS membership dues tax deductible?
Dues for AALL and SIS membership(s) are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes; however, dues may be deducted as a business expense. Check with your financial advisor.
What if I am unemployed?
To help members in transition, AALL offers a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an individual membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($67 instead of $270) with SIS Memberships 50% off. The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2021.
Unemployed AALL members cannot join or renew using the online form. If you wish to receive this discount, you must contact membership services. If you become fully employed during this time, we ask that you pay the remaining balance on your membership, less the discounted rate already paid, so that we may continue to offer the discount to your fellow librarians.
Can I renew my membership or add special interest sections over the phone?
Yes! Please call 312.205.8022 and we can take care of any additions or membership renewals right over the phone at any time during the year. A PDF receipt will be sent to you once your credit card has been processed.
What should I do if I need an invoice?
Please contact our Membership Services Manager Kylie Weller Laga, at 312.205.8022 or via email, and she will send you an invoice. Invoices can be emailed to you via PDF or sent directly to your employer.
May I pay for more than one year of membership at a time?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis, we will allow you to pay for multiple years of membership at one time. Please contact Kylie Weller Laga at 312.205.8022 or via email for assistance.
I recently joined AALL. When will I begin to receive access to member benefits?
You can expect to receive a welcome email and have access to online resources on AALLNET once your payment has been processed. Please allow up to two weeks for payments sent to our lockbox; credit card and online payments should be processed within 2 business days. AALL Spectrum is our bimonthly magazine and the Law Library Journal is our quarterly scholarly journal, so it may take a month or more to receive your first issues. You will also receive a welcome packet containing our most recent volumes and more information regarding your membership.
What is a Special Interest Section (SIS)? Do I need to be an AALL member in order to join one?
Special interest sections, commonly referred to as SISs, are smaller groups that deal with specialized areas of law librarianship. There are currently 14 active SIS groups available for members to join. The cost is $20 each, and members may join at any point in the year. You must be an AALL member before you can join an SIS group, though you can sign up for both simultaneously.
Is membership to my local chapter included in my AALL membership?
No, memberships with local chapters are separate from AALL membership. You do not have to be an AALL member to join your local chapter. Learn more about chapters.
If my institution pays for our memberships and someone leaves, what happens to the membership?
We will work with the person who has left and the institution to make the transition as smooth as possible with minimal disruption to member benefits. Please contact Kylie Weller Laga directly, should this situation apply to you, or someone at your institution.