Get Involved with PLA

PLA needs people like you—people who are moved by the extraordinary possibilities that libraries create. By getting involved with PLA you’ll develop new skills, grow your network, and make a difference in your profession and community.

Share Your Expertise

Volunteer for a Committee
Volunteer to serve on a PLA committee while expanding your professional development and networking base. Committee appointments are limited to PLA personal members only.

Present a Program
Propose an educational program for public library professionals that’s thought-provoking and engaging.

  • Submit a proposal for a program at the 2020 PLA Conference (available in Winter 2019)
  • Submit a proposal for a PLA webinar
    PLA's call for webinar proposals is now open! If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like PLA to present, we encourage you to submit a proposal. The deadline for submissions is November 30. Please contact plawebinars@ala.org with any questions or concerns about the webinar proposal process.

Contribute to Public Libraries Online
Contribute to the Public Libraries Online site to have your voice heard. We’re always seeking new and diverse writers.

Support PLA

Become a Member
Our member opportunities bring library people together, so they can strengthen what makes their library unique and invent what comes next.

Give to PLA
Your gift supports PLA's efforts to strengthen public libraries and the communities they serve. Thank you to our PLA donors!

Sponsor PLA
PLA Sponsors are leading companies and organizations that make a commitment to support the work of the association and the approximately 9,000 members we serve. Thank you to our current PLA sponsors!

Advertise with PLA
Advertising opportunities in Public Libraries, the official journal of PLA, and PLA's electronic products: Public Libraries Online, PLA E-News, PLA E-Blast, and webinar sponsorship.

Connect with PLA

Follow PLA on Social Media
Join the PLA social media networks that are right for you including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more.

Join a PLA Interest Group – new!
Join a PLA interest group on ALA Connect to engage with public library people who share the same interests as you. Interest group access is limited to PLA personal members only.

Post to the PLA Member Community
PLA's member community is a virtual space on ALA Connect for sharing knowledge and seeking assistance from colleagues on any topic related to public library service. Post ideas, questions, links to interesting information—anything you wish to share or engage over. Personal PLA membership is required to participate.