About PLA

Image of PLA leaders including Felton Thomas (President 2016-2017), Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson (Director-at-Large 2015-2018), Vailey Oehlke (back to camera, President 2015-2016), Carolyn Anthony (President 2013-2014), and Larry Neal (partially obscured, President 2014-2015), celebrating at the PLA 2016 Conference in Denver, Colo.

Join us in commemorating PLA’s 75th Anniversary

PLA 75th Anniversary circles logo with PLA acronym and hashtag #PLA75For the past 75 years, the Public Library Association (PLA) has worked tirelessly to support the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Since our inception, on Oct. 13, 1944, PLA has grown by leaps and bounds, from a small group of charter members to nearly 10,000 professionals representing public libraries large and small.

From now through our 2020 Conference, PLA will recognize its milestone 75th anniversary by reflecting on our storied history, celebrating our achievements, honoring the people who have contributed to our success and garnering financial support for what comes next. We invite you to join us.


The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA offers continuing education opportunities, unique public library initiatives, and a conference that welcomes public library staff into meaningful partnership. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

History
For the past 75 years, PLA has worked tirelessly to support the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Since our inception, on Oct. 13, 1944, PLA has grown by leaps and bounds, from a small group of charter members to nearly 10,000 professionals representing public libraries large and small.

Mission and Strategy
Governance and other key documents, including mission and goals, strategic plan, bylaws, and reports.

News

People
Our board and volunteers help the staff cultivate a community of talented public library professionals where anyone can contribute, and everyone can grow.

Related Sites
A list of other sites hosted by, maintained by, or otherwise related to PLA.

Social Media

Support
Opportunities to support PLA are available to individuals, organizations, and corporations.

Working with PLA
Resources, policies, and procedures to facilitate your involvement with PLA.