Conferences and Preconferences

PLA 2018 Conference
March 20–24, 2018
Philadelphia, Pa.

Registration is now open! PLA is heading to Philadelphia for the PLA 2018 Conference, and we want to make sure you’re coming, too! Visit the conference website to register and book your housing. And join the PLA Conference Facebook group to connect with other attendees, ask questions, share resources, and receive updates. Interested in being a presenter at PLA Conference? Although the call for proposals for programs and preconferences has passed, it's not too late… In the coming months you’ll have two additional opportunities to propose a talk at PLA 2018! Sign up to be notified when we begin accepting proposals for our popular Spark Talks, five-minute lightning-fast presentations to ignite new ideas in your public library colleagues; and for the How-To Festival, 20-minute hands-on sessions to share your “how-to” expertise.

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, Tenn.
  • PLA 2022 Conference, March 22–26, 2022 in Portland, Ore.

PLA Dynamic Planning Institute Preconference
March 20, 2018
Philadelphia, Pa.

PLA's next offering of the Dynamic Planning Institute will be as a full-day preconference at the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia. Registration now open! More information is available on the conference website. PLA’s Dynamic Planning Institute delivers best practices in strategic planning for libraries with a unique focus on simple, low-cost planning. Participants will learn how to create a dynamic strategic plan, in a timely manner, which will serve as a living document and create actionable pathways for decision making, community involvement, and funding priorities.

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. The call for proposals for concurrent program sessions at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference is now closed. Organizers will be notified of their proposal status by October 11, 2017.

More Conferences and Preconferences

PLA 2016 Conference
April 5–9, 2016
Denver, Colo.
Thanks to the more than 8,000 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers, and supporters who joined us in Denver and online for the PLA 2016 Conference! Visit the PLA 2016 website to relive the memories through photos and to download handouts.