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Becoming a Member

ARL membership is by invitation upon the recommendation of the ARL Board of Directors and approval by vote of the membership at a business meeting. Membership is extended to research libraries sharing common values, goals, and interests. The membership process includes a review of potential members in light of ARL's current principles and follows a set of procedures to ensure a systematic and thorough review prior to any recommendation. Research libraries interested in becoming a member of ARL should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , ARL assistant executive director.

Principles of Membership

The ARL Principles of Membership (PDF) articulate the values held by ARL and characterize the commonalities among its members. 

Procedures for Membership

The ARL Membership Procedures (PDF) detail the elements included in the review of potential members to the Association. They include descriptions of the qualifications, the steps in the review process, membership obligations, and membership review procedures. 



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