The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 9,000 members, is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1944, PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.
Board of Directors
Members and composition of the Board of Directors.
The PLA Bylaws address matters of association governance.
Charge from Council
Charge from ALA Council (1978). Approved by the PLA Board of Directors, ALA Annual Conference 2002, Atlanta, Ga.
PLA Committees help PLA advance its mission to strengthen public libraries and the communities those libraries serve.
Connect with PLA
How to connect with your colleagues and others interested in PLA's projects and products via social media and ALA Connect.
Contact the PLA staff any time you have questions. If no one is available when you call, please leave a message. All staff have voice mail and will respond as quickly as possible.
Answers to frequently asked question about PLA.
Give to PLA
Your gift supports PLA's efforts to strengthen public libraries and the communities they serve.
A brief history of the Public Library Association.
Mission and Goals
Mission Statement, Core Purpose, Core Organizational Values, and Goals of PLA.
PLA Partners are leading companies and organizations that make a commitment to support the work of PLA and the nearly 12,000 members we serve.
The current PLA Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Directors in June 2010.