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Mission & History

The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association in the U.S.

Whether promoting intellectual freedom or working together to strengthen libraries and demonstrate their value, TLA is the embodiment of the aspirations first conceived over 110 years ago.

Mission Statement

The Texas Library Association was established in 1902 to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.


  1. To encourage the identification, development, and maintenance of library services which will meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Texas.
  2. To provide for and stimulate the professional and career development of personnel in academic, public, school, and special libraries of Texas;
  3. To facilitate effective cooperation among library personnel in academic, public, school, and special libraries of Texas;
  4. To increase the effectiveness of libraries;
  5. To advance the standards and ideals of the profession;
  6. To provide a vehicle whereby library personnel may be aware of and cooperate with other associations and organizations which have similar or allied interests;
  7. To increase attention to intellectual freedom and social responsibility as an action-oriented association;
  8. To provide appropriate services to members for the benefit of the profession;
  9. To work cooperatively with other associations in developing joint activities which relate to the provision of library services, the selection, distribution and use of books and other materials, the support of intellectual freedom, and the enhancement of educational opportunities, provided that:

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the association is governed by a Council made up of voting and non-voting members. The Council meets twice at the TLA Annual Conference and twice at the Annual Assembly. As the association’s policy-making and chief governing body, the Council adopts the annual budget and legislative platform.

The Executive Board serves as the central management board and recommends matters of policy, budget, and operations to the Council. Board members are elected annually by the membership.

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