Beta Phi Mu was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. Our name comes from the initials of the Greek words Bibliothekarios philax mathesis, meaning “librarians are the guardians of knowledge.” The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning “Consumed in the service of others” was selected by the founders based on the concept of the dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from institutions where the American Library Association, or other recognized accrediting agency approved by the Beta Phi Mu Executive Board, has accredited or recognized a professional degree program.

Congratulations to
The Innovation Library Classroom,

winner of the
2016 Beta Phi Mu Conference Support Grant!
See all the details here!


The Beta Phi Mu Membership Scholarship season is NOW OPEN!
See the Scholarships page for more information.
The application period is November 15, 2015 through March 15, 2016.

To see the results of the 2015 Beta Phi Mu Membership Survey, click here.