Professional Organisations

There are various professional organisations within the legal library world that offer a fantastic network to engage with fellow professional as well as a variety of professional development opportunities via events, social gatherings, conferences and more.


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions[edit]

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.


Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALLA)[edit]

ALLA is the professional association representing the interests of those working in the legal information sector in Australia. The Association aims to promote and provide a national focus for law librarianship and to support the interests of law libraries, collections and legal information services to both legal and public communities.


SLA Europe

SLA Europe is the European division of SLA, which is headquartered in the United States. Regional members benefit from a network of information professionals across Europe, hosting events across various special sectors, organisations, and information roles.

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

EBLIDA is an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.

Association of European Research Libraries

LIBER is the voice of Europe’s research library community.

United Kingdom[edit]

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL)[edit]

BIALL is leading professional body in the UK and Ireland for information professionals working within legal information. Set up in 1969 BIALL is a voluntary organisation, with no salaried staff, run by the members for the members. BIALL’s ongoing role is to support those within the sector and to help demonstrate the important and vital role information professionals still have within all sections of legal information.

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)[edit]

CILIP is based in Bloomsbury, London and is the UK's chartered body supporting and advocating for information professionals and librarians. Membership is available for anyone working in libraries, information, or knowledge management, data science, and analytics, or a related professional role.

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

American Library Association (ALA)[edit]

ALA's mission is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

Special Libraries Association (SLA)[edit]

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit, international professional association for library and information professionals working in business, government, law, finance, non-profit, and academic organizations and other specialised institutions. You can follow SLA on Twitter.