A Publication of the Public Library Association Public Libraries Online


Publiclibrariesonline.org is the companion website to the bi-monthly print publication  “Public Libraries,” the official magazine of the Public Library Association.  Like the print iteration, “PL Online” focuses on issues and topics that matter to public libraries and public librarianship; however it also features unique content and allows online interaction through comments and social media sharing. PL Online provides readers with frequent updates, op-ed pieces, e-book reviews, author interviews, and more. We invite you to become a contributor, submit your work, or just support us by giving your feedback or following us on Facebook and Twitter!  If you have any questions, please submit them below – we will respond as soon as possible.


Kathleen M. Hughes, Editor, khughes@ala.org

About the Public Library Association

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.  Reach PLA at 312-280-5752 or pla@ala.org.

Questions & Comments

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Become a Contributor

We are always seeking new contributors to add their voices to the site. We invite you to become a part of PL’s dynamic, high-profile team. If you are interested in contributing to the site, the expectation is that you will produce at least one 800-1200 word, library-related blog post per month. These are volunteer positions. If you are interested in participating contact us at publiclibrariesonline AT gmail DOT com. Be sure to include a bit about your library and writing background and topics that you might be interested in writing about, as well as a writing sample. We are looking for a diverse group of contributors, so don’t be shy!  Our site targets the public library world, so preference is given to those who are in (or retired from) that field. 

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Send an email to publiclibrariesonline@gmail.com  and tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in writing for PLonline.