A Publication of the Public Library Association Public Libraries Online


Public Libraries Online serves as the official digital companion to “Public Libraries,” the bi-monthly print publication of the Public Library Association. Our primary mission is to provide a dynamic online platform that addresses the evolving needs and interests of public libraries and librarians.

At PL Online, we strive to deliver valuable and actionable content that empowers professionals in the field. We cover a wide range of topics, including emerging trends, innovative practices, community engagement, books and authors, technology advancements, and more. Our goal is to equip public librarians with the knowledge and resources they need to thrive in an ever-changing information landscape. With a focus on immediacy, we provide up-to-date articles that shed light on current hot topics and critical issues affecting public libraries. Our platform facilitates engagement and interaction, allowing readers to join the conversation through comments and social media sharing.

We embrace the collective wisdom and experience of individuals in the field, inviting them to contribute their insights, research, and success stories. Whether you are an active practitioner, retiree, or library school student, we invite you to explore PL Online, contribute your expertise (see become a contributor below), and join us in promoting the vital role of public libraries in communities worldwide.


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.

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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 we ask that contributors 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.