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Thank you for your interest in joining MLA.The 2016–2017 renewal cycle is now underway. If you have any questions, please contact the MLA Business Office.

The Music Library Association is the U.S. branch of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). Members of MLA may also join IAML and enjoy the benefits of membership in both associations.

MLA’s membership year runs from July 1 until June 30, while IAML operates on the calendar year.

MLA is offering a $10 discount on IAML membership (for 2016) to any new individual IAML members. If you are not a IAML member for 2015, you are eligible for the discount on 2016 membership. Simply select the appropriate IAML checkbox when joining or renewing.

Member Benefits

Personal members of MLA receive

In addition, members of IAML receive

  • The quarterly international journal Fontes artis musicae
  • Voting privileges in international IAML elections
  • Discounted registration at IAML’s 2016 conference in Rome, Italy (July 3-8)
  • Access to IAML’s online membership directory


Member Type Personal ** Student Institutional Corporate Special
Vote Yes Yes
Hold Office Yes Yes
Be a committee member Yes Yes Yes
Chair a committee Yes Yes
Receive Notes Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes
Be a task force/team member Yes Yes Yes
Coordinate a round table Yes Yes Yes
Submit a program proposal Yes Yes Yes
Be a special officer Yes Yes
Be an editor Yes Yes


*see exceptions in the Administrative Handbook, VI.A.1

**The Personal membership class includes Regular, Paraprofessional, Retired, and Sustaining.


Membership Rates for 2016-2017

Membership Categories
(view definitions)
US non-US
Regular Member $130.00 $140.00
Institutional Member $165.00 $175.00
Student Member $65.00 $75.00
Retired Member $95.00 $105.00
Sustaining Member* $260.00 $280.00
Corporate Patron $780.00 $790.00
Corporate Member $480.00 $490.00
Paraprofessional/Non-salaried/Part-time $75.00 $85.00
IAML Individual (Calendar year 2016)
(discounted to $65.00 for new IAML members)
$75.00 --
IAML Institutional (Calendar year 2016) $110.00 --
*may deduct 50% of membership as a charitable contribution


Notes Subscription

Notes is now available only through membership in the Association. Institutions wishing to receive Notes should join at the Institutional level (see above).

Notes (ISSN: 0027-4380) is issued quarterly (September, December, March, and June)

Music Cataloging Bulletin (MCB) Subscription

Music Cataloging Bulletin (ISSN: 0027-4283) is issued monthly.

Music Cataloging Bulletin Subscribers: MCB subscriptions are separate from MLA membership and are for a calendar year (January 1 to December 31) of access to the MCB Online. Use the subscription form and license agreement to subscribe to MCB today.

MCB Subscriber: $35.00


Agency Discount

No agency discount is available for memberships, Notes, or Music Cataloging Bulletin subscriptions.

Order and Payment Information

We encourage you to use the secure credit card processing facilities of our web site to submit your payment via MasterCard, VISA or American Express.

Alternatively, orders can be placed by email (, by phone (608-836-5825), or by mail (Music Library Association, Business Office, 1600 Aspen Commons, Suite 100, Middleton, WI 53562).

Payments can be prepaid by check, by credit card (MasterCard, VISA or American Express), or invoiced.

Please make checks payable to the Music Library Association and in US funds drawn on a US bank.

Credit card payments must include the name as it appears on the card, card number, expiration date, and signature. Credit card expiration date must be valid for three months afterward. 


Music Library Association 1600 Aspen Commons Suite 100 Middleton, WI 53562

608-831-8200 FAX
About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.