About ALIA

The Australian Library and Information Association is the national professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

Together we seek to empower the profession through the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation, through leadership, advocacy and mutual professional support.

We are governed by a constitution and guided by our vision, mission, objects and values. Our policy statements are developed by our elected volunteer Board of Directors and implemented by ALIA staff based in Canberra and in every state and territory. The Association supports a number of special interest or geographical-based member groups to represent the Association more broadly at a local level.

Membership of ALIA is open to professionals, non-professionals and individuals and organisations alike. We welcome anyone with an interest in libraries and information management.

Download this fact sheet about ALIA.


To be the association of choice for information professionals and the library and information services sector.


ALIA is the national professional association for the Australian library and information sector.


  • To promote the free flow of information and ideas in the interest of all Australians and a thriving culture, economy environment and democracy;
  • To promote and improve the services provided by all kinds of library and information agencies;
  • To ensure the high standard of personnel engaged in information provision and foster their professional interests and aspirations;
  • To represent the interests of members to governments, other organisations and the community; and
  • To encourage people to contribute to the improvement of library and information services through support and membership of the association.
  • To endorse the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights-Article 19 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in response to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future.


  • Promotion of the free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works
  • Connection of people to ideas
  • Commitment to literacy, information literacy and learning
  • Respect for the diversity and individuality of all people
  • Preservation of the human record
  • Excellence in professional service to our communities
  • Partnerships to advance these values


ALIA’s policies and guidelines reflect the general position of the Association on issues that have an impact on the library and information sector, and provide direction and advice to those who choose to consider our policies and guidelines for their own use.

Our policies and guidelines cover the following areas:

  • Education and qualifications
  • Library and Information Services
  • Professional Issues
  • School Libraries and Teacher-Librarians
  • Research
  • Values and Ethics
  • Workplaces

For details please see our policies and guidelines page.