Conferences and Preconferences

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.

Most conference events will take place in the Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.

Registration for the PLA 2020 Conference will open in fall 2019. Sign up to receive an email notification when registration opens.

PLA at 2020 ALA Annual Conference
June 25–30, 2020
Chicago, IL

PLA is now accepting proposals for concurrent program sessions at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago! Visit the ALA Annual Conference submission site to begin a new proposal. All submitters are required to have an ALA profile, but are not required to be ALA members. Deadline for submissions is September 10, 2019, and organizers will be notified of their proposal status in December 2019. Questions? Please contact Angela Maycock, Manager, Continuing Education, at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5024.

Recent Conferences and Preconferences

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

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

Education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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

PLA hosted 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 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.