Registration

With a record-breaking number of program submissions, the PLA 2020 Conference is sure to leave you with the knowledge, confidence, resources, support, and inspiration to bring change back to your library. That’s in addition to the new people you’ll meet and variety of entertainment you’ll enjoy—it’s in Music City after all! Most conference events will take place in the heart of downtown, just steps from famous honky-tonks, award-winning music venues, museums, and Nashville’s much-lauded culinary scene. Join us in Nashville to do more than develop new skills and talk about how far our libraries have come—be a part of inventing what comes next.

Registration is Now Open!

Public Library Association (PLA) and Tennessee Library Association (TLA) personal members get exclusive access to the Early Bird discount through December 20, 2019. Not a PLA or TLA member? Join today and save $280 on your PLA 2020 Conference registration!

Non-PLA/TLA members can take advantage of the advanced registration rate through January 31, 2020.

Conference registration is required to book housing, so reserve your room at the same time if registering online. Review our list of hotels.

Three Easy Ways to Register for PLA 2020!

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REGISTER ONLINE
Reserve your hotel at the same time!
Credit cards only.

REGISTER BY MAIL
Mail your completed form with payment to:
PLA 2020/Experient
5202 Presidents Court, Ste. G100
Frederick, MD 21703
Credit cards, checks, and purchase orders only.

REGISTER BY FAX
Fax your completed form to:
301-694-5124
Credit cards and purchase orders only.

 

Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.

If you’re an exhibitor, please visit Exhibitor Registration and Housing.

Want to add a preconference or special author event?
A preconference or author event can be added during or after registration. If you have already registered for the conference and want to add an event, log into your existing registration, or contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Central.

Do you need to register multiple staff with a single payment?
If your organization needs to register multiple staff with a single purchase order, check, or credit card transaction, please use this multiple registrants form and email it to Experient at pla@experient-inc.com.

Questions or problems regarding registration or housing?
Contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). When prompted, callers should press “02” for February, and then “6” for the Public Library Association Conference. Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Central.

Full Conference Registration

Your full conference registration includes:

  • Entry to the Opening and Closing General Sessions
  • Entry to the Big Ideas sessions offered each morning
  • Access to more than 100 educational programs curated for, and by, public library professionals just like you
  • Access to the Exhibits Hall Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, February 28
  • Food and drinks at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 26, Exhibits Closing Reception on Friday, February 28, and All-Conference Reception on Friday, February 28.
Type Early Bird
Rec’d by Dec. 20, 2019
Advanced
Rec’d by Jan. 31, 2020
Onsite
Rec’d after Jan. 31, 2020
PLA Personal Members
TLA Personal Members
$305 $350 $395
ALA Personal Members   $440 $485
Retired or Non-salaried PLA Personal Members   $210 $230
Nonmembers   $585 $625
Full-time Library School Students   $175 $200

 

Single-Day Registration

Type Advanced
Rec’d by Jan. 31, 2020
Onsite
Rec’d after Jan. 31, 2020
PLA Personal Members
TLA Personal Members
$270 $285
ALA Personal Members $345 $360
Retired or Non-salaried PLA Personal Members $165 $185
Nonmembers $420 $435
Full-time Library School Students $110 $120

 

Preconference Registration

Type Full Day with Lunch Full Day, No Lunch Half Day
PLA Personal Members
TLA Personal Members
$325 $285 $195
ALA Personal Members $380 $340 $250
Nonmembers $445 $405 $305

 

Additional Event Registration

Type Cost
Children's Author Breakfast Free*
Author Lunch $60
Audio Publishers Association Dinner $80
Day in the Community $50
Library Branch Tour $50

*The Children's Author Breakfast event is free, but registration is required, and space is limited.

Exhibits-Plus and Exhibits-Only Badges

If you just want a taste of PLA 2020, purchase a special exhibits badge.

Exhibits-Only Badge ($50): Entitles you to visit the exhibits any time they are open.

Exhibits-Plus Badge ($95): Entitles you to visit the exhibits any time they are open as well as to attend the Opening Session, the Big Idea Series, the All Conference Reception, and the Closing Session.

Exhibits-Only and Exhibits-Plus badges are available through advanced registration or onsite. Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.

Please note…

Cancellation Policy

The PLA 2020 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. The event’s operating hours, schedules, guests, and speakers are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Attendee Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations and refund requests for the event, including preconferences and meal events, must be made in writing by Friday, January 31, 2020, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. No telephone cancellations/refund requests can be accepted. After Friday, January 31, 2020, no requests for refunds will be accepted and no exceptions will be made to the policy. Registrations made after Friday, January 31, 2020 are nonrefundable. Exhibits-Only and Exhibits-Plus badges are nonrefundable. Refunds meeting the above criteria will be processed by Monday, March 30, 2020.

Substitutions of registrations, including preconferences and meal events, are permitted prior to the conference and must be made in writing. No telephone substitution requests can be accepted. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

Appropriate Conduct

All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events.

Continuing Education Credits

Full-conference registrants have the opportunity to attend educational programming during ten hours of scheduled programs (time slots reserved for educational programming only; this does not include preconferences, receptions, social events, opening/closing or other general sessions). However, PLA does not document or verify the hours that attendees spend in educational sessions, and as a result is not able to offer CEUs or certificates of completion for general PLA Conference attendance. We do provide certificates of completion for our preconferences, which require separate registration and payment.

Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the PLA 2020 Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PLA’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, electronic reproductions, and video or audio recordings of such events and activities.

Review all conference policies.