Who we are and what we do

An affiliate of the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association is the only statewide organization concerned with the total library community in North Carolina.

Our purpose is to promote libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy.

Our Goals

  • to provide a forum for discussion of library-related issues
  • to promote research and publication related to library and information science, and provide opportunities for professional growth
  • to support formal and informal networks of libraries and librarians
  • to identify and help resolve special concerns of minorities and women in the profession


  • provides continuing education for all library personnel through workshops, programs, and conferences
  • informs members of legislation which affects libraries and library personnel, with opportunities for involvement at federal and state levels
  • publishes North Carolina Libraries, an award-winning journal devoted to discussion of library issues
  • awards scholarships to library school students
  • recognizes outstanding contributors to librarianship
  • functions through active committees
  • sponsors Leadership Institute