The Thai Library Association (TLA) was founded by a group of Thai librarians who attended library science courses organized at Chulalongkorn University under the Fulbright program 60 years ago. Initially, TLA began as a form of a "Librarian Group" upon the advice of Ms. Mary Anglemeyer, librarian of the United States Information Service in Bangkok. Members of the group had regular meetings and valued their cooperation in promoting library service and bringing librarianship to be recognised as a professional association in Thailand. Thus, the idea of a national library association was born.
Officially established in 1954, Professor Suthilak Ambhanwong, the then Head Department of Library Science of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, was ranked as the head of the TLA at that time. The founding committee was composed of eleven members.

Since its founding, TLA has engaged in various activities and projects for the advancement of the libraries and the librarianships in the country. The Association has been under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn since 1976.

Besides its important role in Thailand, TLA coordinates with library associations and institutions outside the country and participates in international programs. TLA has been a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) since 1961 and the Conference of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) since 1974. TLA was also the host of the 65th IFLA Conference in Bangkok in 1999 on the theme, “Libraries as the Gateway to the Enlightened World”.

Thai Library Association (TLA)
Under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
President: Prof. Khunying Maenmas Chavalit
1346, Arkarnsongkroh 5 Road, Khlong Junt, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Tel: +66(0)2 7349022-3