Rhode Island Library Association
FormationMarch 9, 1903; 121 years ago (1903-03-09)
FounderFrank G. Bates
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is a professional organization for Rhode Island's librarians and library workers.[1] It is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded on March 9, 1903, at the Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island, at a meeting organized by Frank G. Bates, State Librarian of Rhode Island.[1] The organization's goal was to promote "the Library interest of the state of Rhode Island".[1] The current mission of RILA is "The Rhode Island Library Association is a professional organization that serves its members through career development, education, advocacy, networking partnerships and legislative action."[2]

RILA's first quarterly Bulletin of Rhode Island Library Association was published in May 1908 via the state Board of Education and was discontinued in November 1912.[1] It began publication again in 1927, being published by RILA.[3]

RILA endorsed a Works Progress Administration program for libraries in 1936, resulting in Elizabeth Myer becoming supervisor of a Statewide WPA Library Project in 1940, cataloging public libraries and doing field consultant work.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "RILA History". Rhode Island Library Association. 1903-03-09. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  2. ^ RHODE ISLAND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2018 - 2022. Rhode Island Library Association. 2018. p. 7. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  3. ^ RILA (2013-06-21). "Bulletin of the Rhode Island Library Association v. 1, no. 1". DigitalCommons@URI. Retrieved 2020-01-17.