Affiliate Membership

  • Paid for by the library organization (Public, Academic, Special, or Government)
  • Based on the annual budget of the library
  • Includes membership for all employees: professional library staff and all library support staff
  • Allows all professional library employees and all library support employees to participate in VLA Forums, serve on VLA Committees, and vote in VLA Elections
  • Provides discounted attendance at all VLA events for all professional and support employees of the Affiliate


Establish your Affiliate Membership Now

You will need a Key Contact at your library to establish the Affiliate and add/remove employees. You can add all employees when you complete the membership form, or you can add them later. Here are directions for adding them later. Questions? Please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga, [email protected].



VLA would like to thank its current list of Affiliate Members:

  • Alexandria Library
  • American Public University System Library
  • Arlington Public Library
  • Augusta County Library
  • Blackwater Regional Library
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Blue Ridge Regional Library
  • Botetourt County Libraries
  • Campbell County Library System
  • Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Central Virginia Regional Library
  • Charlotte County Library
  • Chesapeake Public Library
  • Chesterfield County Public Library
  • Culpeper County Library
  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Emory & Henry College, Kelly Library
  • Essex Public Library
  • Fairfax County Public Library
  • Fauquier County Public Library
  • Ferrum College, Stanley Library
  • Fintel Library
  • George Mason University Library
  • Germanna Community College Libraries
  • Gloucester Library
  • Hampden-Sydney College, Walter M. Bortz III Library
  • Handley Regional Library
  • Heritage Public Library
  • James L. Hamner Public Library
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Lancaster County Community Library
  • Library of Virginia, The
  • Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Library
  • Longwood University, Greenwood Library
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Loudoun County Public Library
  • Lynchburg Public Library
  • Manassas Park City Library
  • Mary Baldwin University, Martha S. Grafton Library
  • Mary Riley Styles Public Library
  • Massanutten Regional Library
  • Middlesex County Public Library
  • Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library
  • Newport News Public Library
  • Norfolk Public Library
  • Norfolk State University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Northumberland Public Library
  • Old Dominion University Libraries
  • Petersburg Public Library
  • Pittsylvania County Public Library
  • Poquoson Public Library
  • Portsmouth Public Library
  • Powhatan County Public Library
  • Prince William Public Library System
  • Radford Public Library
  • Radford University, McConnell Library
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
  • Regent University Library
  • Richard Bland College Library
  • Richmond Public Library
  • Roanoke County Public Library
  • Rockbridge Regional Library System
  • Russell County Public Library
  • Shenandoah County Public Library
  • Shenandoah University Library
  • Staunton Public Library
  • Suffolk Public Library
  • Thomas Balch History & Genealogy Library
  • University of Virginia, Alderman Library 
  • Virginia Beach Public Library
  • VCOM - Virginia Campus Library
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
  • Virginia Wesleyan University, Hofeimer Library
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech University Libraries
  • Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
  • Washington County Public Library
  • Waynesboro Public Library
  • William & Mary, Swem Library
  • Williamsburg Regional Library
  • York County Public Library


We want to join! What next?
Each organization needs a Key Contact to complete the membership form. The Key Contact will pay the annual invoice and can add staff to the account at any time. Please see the Key Contacts Guide for tips and tricks for adding staff to your account. Once a staff person is added, they will be able to create their own password for the VLA site and can then participate in online forums, sign up for events at the VLA member price, participate in VLA Committees, and vote in VLA elections.

How will it work?
Once your library pays the Affiliate Membership fee and you link those who work for you, everyone will be able to create a member login for our website. Memberships established at that time will be effective through December 31 of the following year. 

Why did VLA create this level of membership?
VLA has not raised Individual dues in 10 years. We understand that library staff salaries have not increased significantly in a long time. VLA does not have a membership problem, we have a participation issue. Creating this new structure will open more opportunities for library staff to network, partner, get involved, and broaden their scope of lifelong learning.

If my library can’t pay for this, can people still become Individual members of VLA?

Are we required to participate in the Affiliate Membership?
No, this is not a requirement for any system. However, we think you’ll notice a significant cost savings if you already pay for individual VLA memberships for your staff. The savings will also be significant if you send more than two non-members to the VLA conference each year.

Who is the Affiliate Membership program being offered to?
All Academic, Public, Government, Law, Special and Other libraries in the Commonwealth are able to take part.