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.
Become a Member
It’s a challenging and exciting time for public libraries. As the needs of your community change, public librarians are being asked to do more with less. PLA membership provides you with access to the resources you need to effectively serve your patrons.
Become a Sponsor
PLA Sponsors are leading companies and organizations that make a commitment to support the work of the Public Library Association and the nearly 9,000 members we serve. PLA is currently seeking sponsors for the PLA 2018 Conference, to be held March 20–24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. Please review the PLA 2018 sponsorship and display advertising opportunities to find out how your company or organization can participate.
Call for PLA 2018 Proposals
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.
Call for Webinar Proposals
If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like PLA to present, then please submit a proposal! Webinar proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with responses sent within 6–8 weeks of submission.
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.
Connect with PLA
Join the PLA social networks that are right for you. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Connect @ PLA, a virtual community built for PLA personal members to share knowledge and seek 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.
Publish with PLA
Interested in sharing your unique knowledge or experiences with other public librarians? Consider publishing with PLA!
Volunteer for a Committee
Member volunteers help PLA advance its mission to strengthen public libraries and the communities those libraries serve. We need the talent and skill of dedicated professionals like you.