Conferences and Preconferences

PLA at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 25–29, 2019
Seattle, WA

PLA will host a variety of meetings and other events at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits—including a full-day institute, Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Normalizing, Organizing, and Operationalizing, on Friday, January 25.

PLA at 2019 ALA Annual Conference
June 20–25, 2019
Washington, DC

PLA will offer concurrent program sessions at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The deadline for submitting session proposals is now closed. Program organizers will be notified of their proposal status in November 2018. Questions? Please contact Angela Maycock, Manager, Continuing Education, at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5024.

PLA 2020 Conference
February 25–29, 2020
Nashville, TN

Get ready. The PLA Conference is heading to Nashville, February 25–29, 2020, to bring together the best minds in public libraries. An exceptional fusion of people and knowledge, the PLA Conference is where public library leaders are made. Join us in Nashville to do more than develop new skills and talk about how far our libraries have come—be a part of inventing what comes next.

Recent Conferences and Preconferences

Links to past events are provided here because handouts and/or archived recordings may be available.

PLA 2018 Conference
March 20–24, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Thanks to everyone who attended the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia! Handouts for some concurrent program sessions, if provided by the presenters, are available on the conference website. Join the PLA Conference Facebook group to stay connected with other attendees, ask questions, and share resources.

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services. Future PLA Conferences include:

  • PLA 2020 Conference, February 25–29, 2020 in Nashville, TN
  • PLA 2022 Conference, March 22–26, 2022 in Portland, OR

View the list of past PLA Conferences from 1983 to present.

PLA at 2018 ALA Annual Conference
June 21–26, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Information about PLA-sponsored programs and events—including the exclusive PLA Member Welcome Breakfast and a preconference presented in partnership with LITA—is now available.