Welcome to the KLA website!

Check out the latest information about KLA events, sections, and roundtables. KLA Members can also access additional resources, such as the KLA newsletter IN-FO-CUS and journal, Kentucky Libraries, and search our directory to connect with others in libraries across Kentucky. You can even use this site to quickly renew your membership or join KLA for the first time.

The Mission of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) is 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.

The KLA Value System

1. We support the freedom to read
2. We support free and open access to information for all
3. We support and value the diverse interests and needs of our patrons
4. We support funding for all libraries

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The Benefits of Membership

  • The Kentucky Library Association monitors legislation affecting all libraries at the state and federal levels and informs members of these developments.
  • Updating skills and exchanging information.
  • Adding your voice to the collective voice of librarianship (particularly in legislative concerns).
  • Meeting others working in your type of library setting to share common problems and solutions.
  • Receiving Association Publications such as Kentucky Libraries and In-Fo-cus
  • Opportunities to receive grants and scholarships.
  • Contributing sessions or papers at meetings.
  • Receiving CEUs.
  • Contributing to the Profession on a professional level.
  • Belonging to special interest groups such as Genealogy, Information Technology, etc.
  • Receiving discounts on annual and other meetings.
  • Networking with your peers.
  • Advocacy for all libraries and librarians.
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Member Types

Most people join as individual Active members, but there are discounted memberships for those not currently employed in a professional position. We also have two organizational membership options for affiliate groups and vendors. We also welcome anyone passionate about library services in Kentucky to join us as a FRIEND!

  • Active: Standard membership ($65)
  • Student: Discounted membership for part or full-time students in library-related training ($23)
  • Library Support Staff: Discounted membership for anyone working in a support or paraprofessional staff position in a library ($30)
  • Trustee: Discounted membership for individuals serving as a library trustee ($30)
  • Friends: Discounted membership for non-librarians who wish to support KLA ($30)
  • Retired: Discounted membership for retired library professionals. ($30)
  • Unemployed: Discounted membership for anyone currently unemployed ($30)
  • Affiliates: Organizational membership for vendors, graduate library school faculty members, out-of-state library administrators, regional library network cooperative representatives, other ALA chapter officers, and similar organizations. ($75)

KLA membership is valid for one year after registration or renewal. Membership fees vary by member type and are outlined fully in The Blue Book's Manual of Policies & Procedures (section 5). Students may also be eligible for an ALA/KLA Joint Membership.

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