IOBA is an inclusive organization, and membership is not limited to sellers of rare or antiquarian books. However, we do require our members to display professionalism—both in book descriptions and in interactions with customers and other booksellers. We look for sellers who provide accurate descriptions of their books, with all defects noted. We also look for sellers who provide the best possible service to their customers—from packaging to prompt shipping to easy returns.
Read more about absolute requirements, member dues and view the application here.
We recognize that entry-level booksellers may need a little help to take the next steps toward professional status. If the Membership Committee feels you are not ready for membership but could be with some guidance, we may offer you the opportunity to participate in our Mentorship Program. This offers newer sellers a chance to work with an experienced member of IOBA toward the goal of successful re-application.