The Uganda Library and Information Association is a professional organization that articulates the interests of LIS professionals in Uganda. Having been initially founded as EALA in 1957, the Association was again as a result of the disintegration of the East African Community formed as ULA in 1972 and subsequently became ULIA in 2001. The LIS professionals encompass the disciplines of library science, information science, records, archives administration and other persons concerned with collection, collation and dissemination of information.

ULIA was instituted as a body to build a united and democratic association that can take its rightful place in the broader national and international library and information services organizations that will foster the streamlining and professionalization of LIS services in Uganda and actively participate in the international professional discourse.