Digital Collections

American Library Association Digital Collection

The ALA Digital Collection contains a wide variety of ALA and library related images. This includes WWI Library War Service images; the FW Faxon Collection of group pictures of librarians attending the ALA conferences, covering the period of 1894-1932; and the Library Building Photographs Collection.


digcoll_alairAmerican Library Association Institutional Repository

The American Library Association Institutional Repository (ALAIR) is an open access repository, committed to collecting, permanently storing, and providing digital access to the publications and intellectual work of the American Library Association. It is organized into communities reflecting the Divisions, Offices, Committees, and Round Tables that make up ALA.


ALA WebsiteAmerican Library Association Website Web Archiving Project

Discover the ALA’s digital past through its web archives, containing archived copies of the ALA’s website by Archive-It, including captures from its divisions, committees, offices, and round tables.



Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection

This collection contains digital copies of approximately 1,000 cards depicting public, private, and academic libraries, as well as library interiors and bookmobiles.


Published Proceedings, General Session, and Membership Meeting Transcripts

This collection contains published proceedings of annual conferences as well as transcripts of the general sessions from 1881-83, 1885-87, and 1889-1922.




In addition to these digital collections, a growing number of collections are now available online by request.   Please contact the ALA Archives at (217) 333-7841 or if you would like access to these materials.

The ALA Archives makes digital versions of collections accessible for educational and research purposes only. Please read our policies for more information.

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