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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.

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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 Manuscript Submission Form.

A paper copy is not necessary. 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 written by public library employees and submitted or published in Public Libraries are eligible to compete for two cash prizes in the annual Feature Article Contest.

2019 Editorial Themes and Production Schedule

Issue Editorial Theme Manuscripts Due
May/June 2019 Career Development

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

July/August 2019 The Library’s Role in the Community/As a Part of the Social Infrastructure

Submit manuscript by
April 1 for consideration

September/October 2019 Serving the Underserved

Submit manuscript by
June 1 for consideration

November/December 2019 Self-Care

Submit manuscript by
August 1 for consideration

Outside of articles focused on the themes, 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.