PLA Books and Products

In today’s competitive environment, every decision and every dollar counts! To ensure the best use of your library’s resources, you need the best information available. That's where PLA publications can help. As a member, you receive the greatest savings on PLA publications, which cover a wide range of public library concerns and issues.

In the ALA Store

For Library Administrators and Managers

Of special interest to public library administrators and managers:

The PLA Reader for Public Library Directors and Managers

Specifically designed to accommodate the frantic pace of the busy public library professional, this essential new title provides clear, practical, and accessible guidance for tackling prevalent topics and challenges in the library world today. Information-packed chapters cover important topics including:

  • Advocacy basics
  • Tips for retaining and motivating high-performing employees
  • Improving directorship
  • Library communication
  • Intellectual freedom matters
  • Technological applications and more.

Price $65
ISBN: 978-1-55570-684-5
Order via Neal-Schuman Publishers at 866-NS-Books or at

How to Order

All PLA titles and products in the ALA Store can be ordered online, by phone, by fax, or by mail.

Phone: 1-866-Shop ALA (1-866-746-7252)
Phone (for international callers): 312-944-6780
Fax: 770/442-9742
Mail orders: ALA P.O. Box 932501, Atlanta, GA 31193-2501

Take Advantage of the PLA Publications Standing Order Plan

Get the publications you need, discounts you want, and the service you deserve with the PLA Publications Category on the ALA Approval Plan. With the all-PLA category (UP) you'll receive important PLA publications as soon as they are available. PLA releases four to six titles per year. Some are written specifically for us; others are prepared by libraries across the country for their use and distributed by PLA.  In either case the books are chosen by public librarians for public librarians and public library employees. The category for receiving all PLA books is UP; the category for receiving only the annual PLDS statistical report is U. To sign up, follow the instructions on the ALA Approval Plan page in the ALA Store.