InULA was founded in the 1960's to enable librarians to work together to obtain faculty status. It continues now with two purposes: to promote excellence in library service and to provide opportunities for continuing education and professional development. InULA sponsors programs and workshops, publishes a newsletter, the InULA Notes, gives Research Incentive Grants to support the research of its members, awards a scholarship, and sponsors an annual National Library Week Book Sale. Most of the work of the organization is done by members working on committees.
Anyone can become a member and serve on a committee. Library faculty are eligible to be regular members and hold office. Dues for regular members are $10. Newly appointed library faculty receive their first year's membership free. Associate membership is open to all former IUL faculty, retired IUL faculty, SLIS faculty, and anyone with an MLS who is not eligible for regular membership. Dues for associate membership are $6. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to become a Friend. Dues are only $3 and Friends receive all membership benefits except voting and holding office.