Illustration of various types of information being funneled to computerThe Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Library helps the Alliance membership to continuously learn, improve, and innovate through strategic activities that can be customized for effective information solutions. Supported by a staff of highly qualified and experienced librarians, members can achieve key results through knowledge management, research translation, environmental scans, and peer-to-peer engagement.

The Alliance Library puts information at members’ fingertips. It features numerous digital collections on relevant topics for nonprofit human-serving organizations that contain book summaries, full-text articles, and sample policies and procedures.

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Premium Content  

Many things can't be found with Google. The internet is full of great content, but not all of it comes from reliable sources. Eliminate that concern and spend less time wading through incomplete or incorrect information.  As a benefit of membership, Alliance members have access to:  

  • Thousands of sample policies, plans, and procedures submitted by Alliance members and partner organizations
  • Families in Society, with more than 20,000 articles from a century of the Alliance’s social work research journal
  • Hundreds of business book summaries and learning materials
  • Full-text versions of high-quality articles from reputable publishers  

Special Collections  

The collections are built on years of member information requests and curated by experienced librarians. Special Collections include:    

  • Member Materials Collection
  • Sector Trend Reports
  • Building a 21st Century Social Sector Workforce
  • Commitments for High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations
  • Health and Human Services Intersection   
  • Intergenerational Communities and Programs   

Customized Research

Alliance members have access to librarian expertise to supplement their own research capabilities. Ask a librarian for assistance with customized research. Librarians regularly assist with:  

  • Accreditation-related questions
  • Literature searches on various program areas
  • Finding sample policies used by other nonprofits
  • Identifying other Alliance members with certain programs or areas of expertise

Accreditation Assistance

The Alliance Library can assist members with the Council on Accreditation (COA) accreditation process. Contact the library for more information.

In addition, members receive a 25% discount on COA’s private accreditation process fee because the Alliance is a sponsoring organization. Learn more on COA’s website