To join RBMS, join the American Library Association, specifying that you would like to become a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and of RBMS in particular. ACRL is RBMS¹s parent organization. To apply for membership, visit on the Web, or write to: Membership Services, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL. 60611, or call 800/545-2433 ext. 5108 to request a membership application.

Drawing its vitality from the energy and interest of its members, RBMS strives to heighten public awareness about special collections through its committees, discussion groups, and liaisons to related professional organizations. There are many ways for new Section members to become involved. A good way to become active in RBMS is to attend Section committee meetings during the ALA Annual Conference and the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Most committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. RBMS programs and committees offer opportunities to acquire new skills and gain greater knowledge of special collections librarianship while providing valuable service to the profession.

To keep aware of RBMS meetings, conferences and other activities, RBMS members are encouraged to subscribe to the RBMS Electronic Discussion List.

The RBMS Mentoring Program is open to all members, old or new, who need help in becoming more involved with RBMS and in navigating the rare books and manuscripts profession.

RBMS is committed to attracting greater diversity to its membership and the profession of rare books and special collections librarianship. For more information on diversity initiatives within RBMS, please refer to the RBMS Statement on Diversity and the activities of the RBMS Committee on Diversity.

To learn more about RBMS, its history, mission and organization (including the RBMS Manual), please refer to the links in the “About RBMS” section.