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Public Libraries published six times a year, is the official publication of the Public Library Association. ALA’s only journal devoted exclusively to public libraries, Public Libraries magazine offers important industry news, PLA/ALA updates, and columns and feature articles that offer strategies and ideas that can make a difference in your career.

Get Started

Submissions to Public Libraries are invited and encouraged. If you’re interested in writing a feature article, a shorter opinion piece, reviewing books, or sending press releases, please read the editorial guidelines. If you have more questions, contact the editor, Kathleen Hughes, khughes@ala.org.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind process to insure that all published papers are of high quality.

How to Submit

All manuscripts and supplemental materials must be submitted through the online Public Libraries Editorial Manager.

A paper copy is not necessary. Upon registration at the manuscript submission site (above) the author will immediately receive a notification e-mail containing his or her username and password and can then “LOGIN” to the system. The author will be directed through the process to enter information about the paper (author/s, title, abstract, etc.) and to upload the files (manuscript, figures, tables, appendixes).

All feature articles submitted or published in Public Libraries (written by public library employees) are eligible to compete for two cash prizes in the annual Feature Article Contest.

Production Schedule

Manuscripts are considered on a rolling basis, in the order in which they are received.  Upon acceptance and author notification, articles are slotted into the production schedule for the next available issue.