Membership FAQ

VLA moved to Wild Apricot membership software in 2020 and our membership levels and prices changed in 2022.

You may also email the membership committee at We’re here to help!

How do I join or renew my membership?

Click the “Join/Renew/Login” link under the membership tab on the VLA website navigation bar. Log in to renew your existing membership, or click the Join VLA link in the menu bar to sign up for a new membership. Click “Forgot password” for password help.

How can I pay?

You can pay through Wild Apricot using any major credit card. You can also request that Wild Apricot email you an invoice, which you can pay by check or PayPal. If you are paying by check, please include a list of all the people you are paying for, their membership levels, and if they are joining NELA.

When paying with PayPal, use their “send money” tool. Send the payment to Please include your invoice number with your payment. Please feel free to send money questions to

Will my membership auto-renew?

Membership is set to automatically renew each year on the date of your membership purchase. You can cancel this at any time from your profile page. To cancel:

1 – Log into your account at this link.

2 – From your account, click on the “Membership/Invoices and Payments” tab.

3 – Scroll down the page until you see “Automatic recurring payments activated.” Click the “Stop” button next to that sentence.

If you have a “pending” account, you will not see this option until you pay for your membership.

What are the membership levels?

  • Birch – $25 – Salary of $10,000 or less. Non-employed/retired members. Friends. Trustees.
  • Pine – $35 – Salary between $10,001 and $30,000.
  • Maple – $50 – Salary of $30,001 or greater.
  • Cedar – Variable – Student VLA/ALA joint member.

What happened to bundle memberships?

VLA members voted to simplify the membership structure in 2022 which involved phasing out the bundle memberships. All bundle members and administrators were automatically changed to a Pine level member in August 2022. If this membership level is not correct, please log in and change to the level that is accurate for you.

How do I change to a different membership level?

This is a two-step process:

1 – If you have a recurring payment set up, first cancel it from your profile page.

2 – Once you’ve done that, you should see a “change” link next to your membership level. Select a new level and complete the process.

When does membership expire?

Wild Apricot allows us to have rolling membership, which means renewal occurs annually on the date of your payment.

How do I register for the NELA Extended Membership?

VLA members are eligible to join the New England Library Association (NELA) at a reduced rate of $20 annually per person or $15 for our reduced rate members. When you join VLA or renew your individual membership on Wild Apricot, choose the “NELA Extended Membership” box and the additional amount will be added to your account.

How does the ALA/VLA Student membership work?

Qualifying students enrolled in MLS/MLIS, CAEP, and LTA programs are eligible for the American Library Association’s (ALA)/VLA joint membership at the special student rate. Register for VLA’s Cedar level at no charge, and then complete ALA’s Joint Student Membership Program Application, paying there.

What else does the Wild Apricot software do?

There is an online, members-only, membership directory. You can manage your contact information changes, print your VLA membership card, and indicate your interest in mentoring or volunteering.

If you are a committee or section leader, you can keep track of and easily email all the members of your group.

Here are WildApricot’s help pages, feel free to look around.

Can I access these features from my phone?

Yes! Download the Wild Apricot mobile app, from which you can do almost all membership tasks (except account renewal, sorry!) from a mobile device.

How can I learn more about Wild Apricot?

To learn more about Wild Apricot, visit their website help pages and tutorials.

Still have questions or need some help?

Email the Membership and Outreach Committee at

Last update August 7, 2022