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Plan Ahead for PLA 2018

PLA is heading to Philadelphia for the PLA 2018 Conference, March 20–24, 2018, and we want to make sure you’re coming, too! Here’s some preliminary information to get you started on planning and budgeting your trip.

Call for Proposals »

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For Exhibitors »

Call for Proposals

The PLA 2018 Call for Proposals has closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal! Programs and preconferences have been selected by the PLA 2018 Conference Program Subcommittee and will be announced in the fall.

But it’s not too late… You’ll have two additional opportunities to propose a talk at PLA 2018! In the coming months, we’ll be accepting proposals for our popular Spark Talks, five-minute lightning-fast presentations to ignite new ideas in your public library colleagues; and for the How-To Festival, 20-minute hands-on sessions to share your “how-to” expertise.

Want to be notified when we begin accepting proposals for Spark Talks or the How-To Festival?

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Registration opens mid-September 2017! The Early Bird registration discount—available to PLA and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) personal members only—expires January 19, 2018.

Want to take advantage of the Early Bird discount but not a PLA Personal Member? Join today and receive 50% off the nonmember advanced rate!

Full Conference Registration

Type Early Bird
Rec’d by Jan. 19, 2018
Rec’d by Feb. 23, 2018
Rec’d after Feb. 23, 2018
PLA Personal Members

PaLA Personal Members

$280 $325 $370
ALA Personal Members $415 $460
Nonmembers $560 $600
Students $150 $175

Single-Day Registration

Type Advanced
Rec’d by Feb. 23, 2018
Rec’d after Feb. 23, 2018
PLA Personal Members
PaLA Personal Members
$245 $260
ALA Personal Members $320 $335
Nonmembers $395 $410
Students $85 $95
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Facebook Group

Planning to attend? Join the PLA Conference Facebook group to connect with other attendees, ask questions, share resources, and receive updates.

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For Exhibitors

2016 TSN Winner Top 250 Trade Show badgeDedicated exclusively to public libraries and featuring a 70,000+ square foot exhibit hall, PLA 2018 is the premier place to reach thousands of professionals with INFLUENCE and BUYING POWER!

Named one of the top 250 shows in the U.S. by Trade Show Network News!

Booth Details

$2,400 per 10’ x 10’ booth reserved. There is a $200 additional charge per exposed corner. Please see the Exhibit Space Application (PDF, 2 pgs.) for payment details.

Standard Booth Inclusions

  • 8’ high back drape and 33” side drape (inline booths)
  • Booth ID sign with company name and booth number (inline booths)
  • Eight (8) complimentary exhibitor registrations per 10’ x 10’ booth reserved, with a maximum of 40
  • Complimentary exhibit hall passes to invite your customers and prospects to PLA 2018, with a maximum of 40
  • 40+% Dedicated Exhibit Hours!

For information about exhibiting, please contact Carly DiVito at Corcoran Expositions at 312-541-0567 or If you’re interested in conference sponsorships, please contact Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650,; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655,

Exhibitor Schedule

(tentative, subject to change)

Day, Date Time Event
Monday, March 19, 2018 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Exhibitor Move-In
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:30 AM–5:00 PM Onsite Registration
8:00 AM–5:00 PM Exhibitor Move-In
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:30 AM–6:30 PM Onsite Registration
8:00 AM–12:00 PM Exhibitor Move-In
3:30–6:30 PM Exhibits Open/Reception
Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30 AM–5:30 PM Onsite Registration
9:30 AM–5:00 PM Exhibits Open
9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits No-Conflict
3:15–4:15 PM Exhibits No-Conflict
Friday, March 23, 2018 7:30 AM–4:00 PM Onsite Registration
9:30 AM–4:00 PM Exhibits Open
9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits No-Conflict
3:15–4:00 PM Exhibits No-Conflict
4:00–11:45 PM Exhibitor Move-Out
Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:00 AM–12:00 PM Exhibitor Move-Out


For questions about…

Cancellation Policy

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.


Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, at 312-541-0567 or


ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.


Contact Corcoran Expositions, Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650,; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655,


Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Additional events will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, and other venues as indicated.

Other Questions

Contact PLA, 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or; or find someone to help in the PLA Staff directory.

PLA 2016 Archive

Looking for handouts and other information from the PLA 2016 Conference, which took place April 5–9, 2016 in Denver, Colo.? The PLA 2016 Conference website has been archived at