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American Libraries

American Libraries is the official news and features magazine of the American Library Association. Published six times per year, along with four additional digital-only supplements, it is distributed to all members of the organization.

American Libraries
Categories Libraries
Frequency Six times a year
Circulation approx. 65,000 members and organizations
Publisher American Library Association
Year founded 1970; 48 years ago (1970)
Country United States
Based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Language English
Website American Libraries
ISSN 0002-9769
OCLC number 854299

Subscriptions to American Libraries are not available to individual non-members, but are available to libraries and other institutions by paid subscription: $45 per year in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, $60/year elsewhere.

A weekly electronic newsletter, American Libraries Direct, has been published since 2006.

Publication began in 1970, as a continuation of the ALA Bulletin, which was launched in 1907. Topics include: news about ALA and the library and information science profession in general, information about conferences, job listings, technology, library architecture, programming, budgeting, intellectual freedom, privacy, and other library issues.


In the 2016 “Special Report: Digital Humanities in Libraries” article, the contractors expressed concerns about the editors inserting quotes that were "grossly inappropriate" for the magazine after they believed a final version was approved.[1] A blog post from the publishers Gale Cengage clarified that they had not been responsible for the insertion of the quotes.[2]


  1. ^ Varner S, Hswe P. "Um … about that American Libraries article we wrote". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  2. ^ "In Response to the Recent American Libraries article on Digital Humanities". The Gale Blog. Retrieved 2016-01-06.

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