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What is the ALA Editions Approval Plan?

ALA Editions Approval Plan members automatically receive new titles, hot off the press, from preselected enrollment categories at a special 10 percent discount plus shipping and handling. They also receive an Approval Plan Bulletin twice a year that details the books they will receive during each season.

How do I sign up?

E-mail to request a Standing Order Application. Upon receipt of application, please complete and e-mail back to

Current Approval Plan Bulletins

ALA Editions Fall/Winter 2015 Approval Plan Bulletin

What Category Am I Enrolled In?

You can determine what category(ies) you are in by looking on the mailing label that accompanies your shipment of Approval Plan titles. The letters you find there correspond to the following enrollment catagories:

A: Books in all subjects intended for all libraries/librarians

C: Books intended for all public libraries/librarians

E: Books intended for high school libraries/librarians

G: Books that are intended for elementary school libraries/librarians

I: Books that are intended for academic libraries/librarians

S: ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries (published annually)*

SN: ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries, Non-MLS (published annually)*

L: Books in the “ACRL Publications in Librarianship” series

T: Select, outstanding books for all libraries promoting professional excellence

P: All ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) publications

PA: All publications in the ACRL “Trends and Statistics” series

PC: ACRL “Clip Notes”

UP: All PLA (Public Library Association) publications

TS: All ALCTS publications

X: Library technology-related books intended for all libraries/librarians

ALA Salary Survey is included with Plan A;
ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries, Non-MLS is not included with Plan A.

* To sign up for either the ALA Salary Survey (category S) or the ALA Salary Survey, Non-MLS (category SN), please email Please ensure to indicate the new category that you wish to sign up for along with your full account information including contact name, email address, and standing order account number.

Important customer update on category KU and U:

Category KU (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules annual updates) and category U (PLA's "Public Library Data Service Statistical Report") have been discontinued.

AACR2 has evolved into a new standard for resource description and access, RDA, and consequently no updates to AACR2 are underway. PLA's "Public Library Data Service Statistical Report" is no longer being published in a print edition; please email for additional information.

How can I tell which categories each new book is in?

There are 2 ways:

  1. Look in the frontlist ("New and Forthcoming") section of the ALA Editions catalog each time a new one comes out. In the specifications section for each new title, you will see a line called: "AP Categories"
  2. Look on the Approval Plan Bulletin that is mailed to each Approval Plan Member twice a year (each time a new catalog is released). The letter codes you signed up for are on your mailing label.