Thank you for your interest in joining MLA. The renewal cycle is now underway.If you have 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.

New members: If you are a new member for 2019-2020, please click this link to complete a survey:

Member Benefits

Personal members of MLA receive

  • Voting privileges in national elections (except student members)
  • The quarterly, peer-reviewed journalNotes(except Associate members)
  • Access to MLA’s online membership directory
  • Discounted registration fees at the Annual Meeting
  • Online access to recent volumes of Notes

In addition, members of IAML receive

  • The quarterly international journal Fontes artis musicae
  • Voting privileges in international IAML elections
  • Discounted registration at IAML’s conference
  • 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


*except Associate


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

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



Notes Subscription

Notesis now available only through membership in the Association. Institutions wishing to receiveNotesshould 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 BulletinSubscribers: 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, orMusic Cataloging Bulletinsubscriptions.

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.




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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.