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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 query the editor, Kathleen Hughes, khughes@ala.org to discuss your idea and deadlines. It is ideal to contact us far in advance of the issue you are interested in writing for. Upcoming editorial themes and deadlines are listed below. For more information about writing for Public Libraries, please read our editorial guidelines. If you have more questions, contact the editor, Kathleen Hughes, khughes@ala.org.

Review Process

Manuscripts are evaluated by persons knowledgeable about the topic of the work and the Feature Editor. The evaluation process generally takes between 4–6 weeks.

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).

2021 Editorial Themes and Production Schedule

Issue Editorial Theme Deadlines
January/February 2021 COVID-19 and Public Libraries

Queries and submissions are closed for this issue.

March/April 2021 Funding

Queries and submissions are closed for this issue.

May/June 2021 Partnerships

Queries and submissions are closed for this issue.

July/August 2021 Antiracism/Social Justice

Queries and submissions are closed for this issue.

September/October 2021 Library Safety

Queries and submissions are closed for this issue.

November/December 2021 Staff Training

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
August 3, 2021

Submit approved article by:
September 3, 2021

2022 Editorial Themes and Production Schedule

Issue Editorial Theme Deadlines
January/February 2022 Legal Issues in Public Libraries

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
October 4, 2021

Submit approved article by:
November 4, 2021

March/April 2022 Two Years Post-COVID

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
December 2, 2021

Submit approved article by:
January 6, 2022

May/June 2022 Library Services to the Justice-Involved

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
February 7, 2022

Submit approved article by:
March 7, 2022

July/August 2022 Books and Reading

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
April 5, 2022

Submit approved article by:
May 3, 2022

September/October 2022 Basic Literacy

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
June 2, 2022

Submit approved article by:
July 8, 2022

November/December 2022 Services to Children and Teens

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
August 3, 2022

Submit approved article by:
September 9, 2022

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.