Membership in MALA

Located in Independence, MO, the Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) is an active library consortia consisting of more than 900 library systems in 10 states.  MALA was established in 1978 with a mission to "develop, coordinate, promote, and share information resources and facilitate professional develoment."  MALA offers interlibrary loan courier delivery service (see below), professional development workshops, and discounts to a variety of conferences. The Mid-America Library Alliance provides a unique and valuable interlibrary loan delivery service for libraries.

Delivery is fast, efficient and, without a doubt, economical — libraries particpating in MALA save thousands of dollars each year! Full MALA membership includes all of our professional development benefits as well.

The Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) offers an Educational Affiliate Membership for institutions or individuals wishing to take advantage solely of our professional development program.  This membership allows individuals and organizations the opportunity to attend MALA's workshops and view webcasts at the member rate (generally a 50% savings).  It also allows for discounted contract training offered through A wide variety of individuals can benefit from becoming a MALA Educational Affiliate member:

Non-Profit Orgaizations
Government Agencies
Social Service Agenciesa,br>Day Care Centers
Chambers of Commerce
Small Businesses
Community Members
Any individual seeking training and professional development

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Benefit to Library Patrons

Not every library can afford or has the space to house materials on every subject matter. Problem solved! Membership in MALA provides you with access to the library collections in nearly 900 library systems. Patrons who have specific subject needs, are looking for popular audio books and DVD’s, need student reference materials or medical information are now all available to your patrons and delivered to your library.


Four Reasons to Join MALA Now

Fast: The MALA Get Connected Courier Delivery Service provides 2-3 day delivery turnaround of library materials.

Efficient: MALA’s Get Connected Special Projects Coordinator assists libraries in working together in a reciprocal manner. Training and supplies are provided for all members. Professional couriers assure accurate and smooth delivery of items.

Save Money: MALA Get Connected libraries save money. All materials are supplied to package your items in protective nylon bags.  Libraries on the network have reported massive savings in their postage budget and the staff time required for interlibrary loan.

Increase Collections: Since 1978, MALA has been collaborating and forming partnerships with libraries and consortia. We are continually expanding our Get Connected courier delivery service network. Our members can lend to and borrow from nearly 900 libraries in the network at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!