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Registration & housing now open for PLA 2020 Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced that registration and housing are officially open for the PLA 2020 Conference. The conference will take place Feb. 25-29 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee; most events will be held at the Music City Center, located at 201 Fifth Avenue South. 

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public library professionals, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The PLA 2020 schedule is packed with extraordinary educational content, inspiring speakers and memorable entertainment. It will feature distinctive networking events, opportunities to mingle with authors, and a bustling exhibit hall offering the latest in library products and services.

Single-day and full-conference packages are available. A full-conference registration includes access to the following:

  • The Opening Session on Feb. 26 and Closing Session on Feb. 29;
  • ‘Big Ideas’ sessions on the mornings of Feb. 27, 28 and 29;
  • More than 100 educational programs curated for, and by, public library professionals;
  • The Exhibits Hall, open Feb. 26-28 (detailed schedule here); and
  • The Exhibits Opening Reception on Feb. 26, Exhibits Closing Reception on Feb. 28, and All-Conference Reception on Feb. 28.

Deep discounts on registration fees are available to members of PLA and the Tennessee Library Association (TLA): PLA and TLA members pay only $305 per person if registered by Friday, Dec. 20. PLA/TLA nonmembers can also save by registering prior to Friday, Jan. 31. Tickets to preconference sessions and select author events are available at an additional charge. Click here for the full schedule of rates.

PLA has secured room blocks at 20 downtown Nashville hotels, all within six blocks of the Music City Center. Conference registration is required in order to reserve a room in the PLA block. Housing reservations must be made prior to Friday, Jan. 31.

PLA is committed to using its conference to educate, inspire, and raise awareness. PLA 2020 will provide outstanding educational experiences for everyone and raise awareness through new and innovative learning opportunities. Click here to learn more.

A variety of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Prospective exhibitors may contact Laura Dann at [email protected] and prospective sponsors may contact Matt McLaughlin at [email protected].

For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at [email protected] 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 10,000 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 [email protected].

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