American Libraries, the voice of the profession and the flagship magazine of the American Library Association, is published 6 times yearly in print, plus a digital-only July/August issue and occasional digital supplements, by the American Library Association. ISSN 0002-9769. Printed in the USA. Subscription price is included in ALA dues. The magazine is sent to some 65,000 individuals and organizations worldwide. ALA members receive American Libraries as a perquisite of membership.


Membership in ALA is open to any individual or organization interested in library service and library and information science and technology. For changes of address, contact the Membership Line at 800-545-2433, ext. 5108 or email membership@ala.org. Toll-free hotline for membership problems is 800-545-2433, ext. 4299.

Institutional Subscriptions & Single Issues

American Libraries is also available to libraries and other institutions by paid subscription: $74 per year, 6 issues in U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Foreign: $84 per year. To subscribe for one year, send the amount specified here to (or request invoicing from) American Libraries, Subscriptions, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Include full address of recipient at the subscribing institution. Claim missing issues: ALA Member and Customer Service. Allow six weeks.

Single issues are $7.50, discounted 30% for five or more copies: contact Carrie Smith, 800-545-2433, ext. 4216 or casmith@ala.org.


American Libraries is available full-text from ProQuest, EBSCO Publishing, H. W. Wilson, LexisNexis, Information Access, and JSTOR.

Editorial Policy

As stated in ALA Policy Manual, section A.8.2 (formerly 10.2):

The American Library Association is the publisher of the magazine, American Libraries. Because American Libraries is the official organ of the ALA, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to the membership and other readers full and accurate information about the activities, purposes, and goals of the Association. In order to carry out this responsibility, the editor may have access to privileged information. The editor must assume an obligation to represent the best interests of the Association and its units fairly and as fully as possible within the scope of the journal and with due regard to the editor’s prerogatives in producing a balanced and readable publication.

ALA encourages publication in the news columns of American Libraries of news about all matters of import to libraries and librarians. The editor is guaranteed independence in gathering, reporting, and publishing news according to the principles of the Association’s policies on intellectual freedom.

Statements of official ALA positions on any matters shall be clearly identified as such when published in American Libraries. The editor must be free to analyze and interpret such matters as his or her judgment dictates, and such analysis and interpretation should appear over the editor’s signature.

News and views have their place in American Libraries, and every opportunity shall be assured for expression of diverse views when members believe such views run counter to their own, or when news is considered to be inaccurately or not fully reported. Signed interpretive comment shall be encouraged. Columns of American Libraries shall be kept scrupulously and faithfully open to all viewpoints of interest and concern to the library profession.

Staff contact information.


American Libraries Magazine Summer Editorial Intern Program

American Libraries magazine’s summer editorial intern program tasks one intern with several publishing-related responsibilities, including:

  • fact-checking and proofreading articles and blog posts
  • writing short pieces for online and possibly for print
  • developing story ideas and participating in pitch meetings
  • assisting in finding new writers, photographers, and podcast guests
  • performing administrative duties

The paid position ranges from 15–20 hours a week and requires a minimum three-month commitment. The position is based in Chicago. The internship is ideal for those considering a career in journalism.


  • Strong writing skills, with solid grasp of grammar and style
  • Experience balancing competing priorities
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Flexibility and high attention to detail
  • Relevant work history or past editorial internship preferred

For consideration, mail or email résumé, cover letter, and 2–3 writing samples to:

American Library Association
Attn: Mary Pullen, Human Resources Dept.
Ref: American Libraries internship
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Email: mpullen@ala.org

American Libraries magazine is the flagship publication of the American Library Association, based in Chicago. It is published seven times per year.

The American Library Association (ALA) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, our mission is to share our vision of the importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.