The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. The association conducts a program of identification and member education on a wide range of topics related to information policy and the activities of research libraries. ARL gathers statistics on the activities of its members and develops bench marking and quantitate research tools on library operations. The Association publishes regular reports on trending topics in information policy as well as annual statistical reports. Access to these reports and data is available only to members and delivered via the ARL website. The annual membership fee covers the cost of all publications, reports, training services, and membership meetings.