International Association
of School Librarianship

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A full listing of this information can also be found in the IASL Organizational Handbook

Member Benefits

All Members* Receive

  • Documents and Publications: Exclusive online access to the quarterly IASL Newsletter & Window on the World of School Libraries reports, conference proceedings, and yearly organizational reports.
  • Member-to-Member Communication: Access the member directory online for  the contact information of active individual and institutional IASL members.
  • IASL Listserv: Access to the members-only listserv for exchanging ideas and discussing issues relating to school libraries and education worldwide.
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Join a special interest group (SIG) forum for discussion and sharing of ideas, information, and implementation strategies related to its unique area of interest. See the full list of active SIGs at
  • Reduced Registration Rates for IASL Conferences: Discounted registration rate for the IASL Annual Conference & International Forum on School Librarianship.

*For up to three contacts in Association and Institutional Memberships 

Member Categories

Individual Memberships

Personal membership: open to all individuals who are interested in the development of school libraries and school library programs. 

Life membershipan individual personal membership for one's lifetime, paid in a lump-sum by the individual or an organization on their behalf. 

  • Additional Personal & Life Membership Benefits: 
    • May cast one vote on all matters of substance at the Annual General Meeting or by mail/email ballot
    • May stand for office and serve on IASL committees

Retiree Membership: open to individuals no longer in full-time employment (usually age 60+).

  • Additional Retiree Membership Benefits: 
    • May cast one vote on all matters of substance at the Annual General meeting or by mail/email ballot

Student Membership: Open to any person studying to join the school librarianship profession and not yet employed.

Organizational Memberships

Association membership: open to school library associations

Institutional membership: open to libraries, library schools, and other educational and commercial organizations

  • Additional Association & Institutional Membership Benefits:
    • Designate one to three persons to receive the member benefits 
    • These designees may stand for office and serve on IASL committees.
    • One designee may report on association/institution activities at the Windows on the World meeting during the annual conference (with prior notification to the Vice President-Association Relations)
    • One designee will exercise one vote on behalf of the entire association/institution on all matters of substance at the Annual General Meeting or by mail/email ballot (with prior notification to the Executive Director).

Partner Membership: open to national, regional or local (school) library associations and school library sections of national, regional or local library associations; requires a three-year contract. 

  • Additional Partnership Membership Benefits: 
    • All members of the Partner Member Association will become individual partner members of IASL with access to member benefits
    • One designee will exercise one vote on behalf of the entire association/institution on all matters of substance at the Annual General Meeting or by mail/email ballot (with prior notification to the Executive Director) 

    Membership Year

    Membership to IASL is based on a calendar year - January to December. 

    • If you join prior to August 1, you are entitled to all back issues of member publications and access to all member services.

    • If you join after August 1, your membership will extend through the next calendar year. 

    • Multiple year memberships are available. If interested, please contact the Secretariat for additional information. Please note that there are no discounts for multi-year memberships.


    Membership dues are based on your country of residence. IASL Zones reflect published gross national product indexes for each country, with all international schools designated as Zone A. Note that amounts are in US dollars.

    Partner Member Association: 

    • The Partner member fee includes a zone-specific base fee plus $1 for every member per annum; every individual member of the partner association must be counted in the dues collection.  

    • Partner member associations must sign a three-year membership contract, payable in annual installments, due on or before 30 January each year.


    Geographic Zones

    Geographic Zones

    International Schools are included in Zone A (except local employees).

    Zone A Countries: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda (UK), British Virgin Islands (UK), Brunei, Cayman Islands (UK), Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Falkland Islands (UK), Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Hong Kong (China) Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (China), Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland (UK), Norway, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Scotland (UK), Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, Virgin Islands (USA), Wales (UK).

    Zone B Countries: Algeria, American Samoa (US), Angola, Anguilla (UK), Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cook Islands (NZ), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, French Guinea (FR), French Polynesia (FR), Gabon, Grenada, Guadeloupe (FR), Guam (US), Hungary, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique (FR), Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (USA), Montserrat (UK), Nauru, Netherland Antilles, New Caledonia (FR), Northern Mariana Islands (US), Oman, Palau, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico (US), Reunion (FR), Romania, Russia, Saint Helena (UK), Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Pierre & Miquelon (FR), St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands (UK), Uruguay, Venezuela.

    Zone C Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina., Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), Colombia, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Wallis et Futuna (FR), Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Myanmar, Marshall Islands (USA), Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niue, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    The Support-A-Member program is open to Zone C members who qualify. 

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