Learn about emerging trends around technology capacity, resources for patrons, infrastructure, digital literacy, and staffing in U.S. public libraries.

Download the new digital edition of the Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit.

Get certified to teach kids’ yoga and mindfulness—perfect for children’s librarians.



Learn how to grow dementia-inclusive service in public libraries of all sizes, financial capacities, and community


Learn how your library can use the 2023 Public Library Technology Survey report and PLA’s data tools to understand and


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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 offers continuing education opportunities, unique public library initiatives, and a conference that welcomes public library staff into meaningful partnership.

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Our member opportunities bring public library people together, so they can strengthen what makes their library unique and invent what comes next.

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.

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Help PLA support the future of public libraries. Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure the future vitality of the profession and the association. Thank you in advance for your contribution and helping support the advancement of public libraries.