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Membership shall be from January 1 through December 31 and shall entitle the member to the right to vote at annual meetings or by online ballot or by mail ballot; to receive the publications of the Association; and other privileges as spelled out in these Bylaws. Payment of dues by new members after October 1 of any year shall cover the dues for the remainder of the current year and also the following year.  

Members must pay dues by January 31 in order to participate in the Association’s annual election. Members who have not paid dues by January 31 shall be dropped from membership. Individuals whose membership has lapsed because of nonpayment of dues may be reinstated upon payment of dues for the current membership year. 

Annual dues for regular membership shall be based upon the following salary scale:

  • Up to $9,999 $15.00
  • $10,000 - $19,999 $30.00
  • $20,000 - $29,999 $45.00
  • $30,000 - $39,999 $60.00
  • $40,000 - $49,999 $75.00
  • $50,000 - $59,999 $90.00
  • $60,000 - $69,999 $105.00
  • $70,000 - $79,999 $120.00
  • $80,000 - $89,999 $135.00
  • $90,000 and above $150.

Annual dues for student membership:

  1. Student membership in TLA only shall be $15.00 per year. This rate shall apply for three membership years only. TLA shall administer membership process.
  2. Joint ALA/TLA Student membership shall be $38.00 per year. ALA (American Library Association) shall administer the membership process and provide TLA information and one-half dues proceeds. To join as an ALA/TLA Student member, please go to

Annual dues for trustees, retired librarians, and friends of libraries shall be $30.00


Annual dues for business firm representatives shall be $100.00.

Life membership dues of individual members shall be $1000.00.

Joint TLA/TASL (Tennessee Association of School Librarians) membership shall be the TLA individual membership rate according to salary scale minus the amount for TASL membership. Members are responsible for pursuing this individual joint membership.

First time individual members registering for or at an annual conference or preconference shall receive a registration discount of $10.00. The discount shall apply one time only per person.

Each member shall be entitled to membership in as many Roundtables as he/she wishes without additional cost.

Annual dues of institutional members shall be based upon the operating budget, which shall be defined as the total expenditure for personnel and library materials during the previous fiscal year, according to the following scale:

  • Up to $50,000 $35.00
  • $50,001 - $250,000 $75.00
  • $250,001 - $400,000 $100.00
  • $400,001 - $750,000 $150.00
  • $750,001 and above $200.00
    Institutional membership shall allow that institution to name two persons as the institution’s representatives. These representatives shall have the same privileges as individual members, including member registration rate at each Annual Conference.



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