Registration & housing now open for PLA 2018 Conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/26/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO — It’s official. Registration and housing are now open for PLA’s 2018 Conference! Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown Philadelphia with most events taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Themed, “Imagine the Possibilities,” the PLA 2018 schedule is packed with extraordinary educational content, inspirational speakers, and memorable entertainment. The conference will feature distinctive networking events, opportunities to mingle with authors, a bustling exhibit hall and more than 100 educational programs carefully curated for public library professionals. The Big Ideas Series kicks off each day with a BIG idea with the potential to impact and empower the way you think, act, and work. Among the confirmed speakers are actor/comedian Hasan Minhaj, best known as a correspondent on "The Daily Show," and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the 2006 inspirational memoir "Eat Pray Love." For complete details, visit the PLA Conference website.

Being a PLA member can save registrants $135 (over ALA members) and $280 (over nonmembers) when they take advantage of the early bird rate before Jan. 19, 2018. Not a member? Visit the PLA membership site and join so you can save, too! Members of the Pennsylvania Library Association also qualify for the Early Bird rate. ALA members and nonmembers can take advantage of special advanced registration rates before Feb. 23, 2018. Find a complete list of PLA 2018 Conference rates here.

For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit

About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or