Conferences and Preconferences

PLA at 2022 ALA Annual Conference
June 23–28, 2022
Washington, DC

PLA is currently accepting program proposals for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Washington, DC on June 23–28, 2022. Proposals will be accepted via the submission site available at The deadline to submit a proposal is October 1, 2021. To learn more about submission requirements and other details, please visit

PLA 2022 Conference
March 23–25, 2022
Portland, OR

PLA is heading to Portland, Oregon for the PLA 2022 Conference, March 23–25! Like the institutions they support, the role of the public library worker is ever-changing. The COVID-19 crisis magnified this more than any of us could have imagined, but public libraries responded swiftly and creatively to meet their communities' evolving needs. The PLA 2022 Conference will also need to transform in order to provide public library professionals the opportunity to come together in person or virtually to reconnect with one another, recreate the services they provide, and revitalize their passion for the work they do every day.

Registration for the PLA 2022 Conference will open September 29, 2021. Sign up to receive an email notification when registration opens.

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. This multi-day event offers top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.

Past Conferences and Preconferences

Links to past events are provided here because handouts and/or archived recordings may be available.

PLA 2020 Conference
February 25–29, 2020
Nashville, TN

Thanks to everyone who attended the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville! Handouts for some concurrent program sessions, if provided by the presenters, are available on the conference website and in the mobile app. Join the PLA Conference Facebook group to stay connected with other attendees, ask questions, and share resources. Future PLA Conferences include:

  • PLA 2022 Conference, March 23–25, 2022 in Portland, OR
  • PLA 2024 Conference, April 3–6, 2024 in Columbus, OH

View the list of past PLA Conferences from 1983 to present.