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.


Beta Phi Mu Headquarters Has Moved!

Please note the updated contact information below:

Beta Phi Mu Headquarters
PO Box 42139
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Phone: 267-361-5018

See the Contact page for more information!


The Beta Phi Mu Headquarters Website has Officially Moved to:
This current website is no longer being updated or maintained, and will be disappearing soon.