Thank you for your interest in joining MLA.The MLA 2020-2021 renewal will commence soon. Please wait for the official announcement of the 2020-2021 renewal before proceeding. If you have questions about your membership status, need to switch membership types, or have other concerns, please contact the MLA Business Office.

Note: IAML renewals for calendar year 2020 opened in December 2019. Renewals made in October and early November 2019 applied to IAML's 2020 membership year.

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 (January-December).

New members: If you are a new member for 2020-2021, 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 journal Notes
  • Access to MLA’s online membership directory
  • Discounted registration rates 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


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

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


Membership Rates for 2020-2021

Membership Categories

(view definitions)


  • Regular – $140.00
  • Sustaining* – $280.00
  • Early Career – $105.00
  • Retired – $105.00
  • Paraprofessional/Hourly/Part-time – $75.00
  • Emergency Circumstances Membership – Pay what you can ($24.00 suggested)
  • Add IAML 2020 Membership – $80.00 (Available from MLA in the US only)**


  • Student – $65.00
  • Add IAML 2020 Membership – $80.00 (Available from MLA in the US only)**


  • Institutional US – $175.00
  • Institutional Non-US – $185.00
  • Add IAML 2020 Membership – $115.00 (Available from MLA in the US only)**


  • Corporate Member – $490.00
  • Corporate Patron – $790.00

*may deduct 50% of membership as a charitable contribution
**Registration for the 2021 IAML membership year will begin in December 2020.


Notes Subscription

Notes is now available only through membership in the Music Library 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 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

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You can also generate an invoice to send with your checks by clicking the bill-me button in the payment screen. (Please make certain to send a copy of the invoice with your payment to receive proper credit.)

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.