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PLA Mission & Strategy

Our Mission

The Public Library Association enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. This mission positions PLA to:

  • Focus its efforts on serving the needs of its members
  • Address issues which affect public libraries
  • Commit to quality public library services that benefit the general public

Strategic Plan 2022–2026

The Public Library Association (PLA) Strategic Plan 2022–2026 was approved by the PLA Board of Directors in June 2022. The following vision, purpose and goals shape the 2022–2026 plan.

Our Vision and PurposePLA Strategic Plan 2022–2026 Graphic (click to view full-size image in new window/tab)

PLA envisions a future where a dynamic public library is the heart of every community. We strive to make this vision a reality by strengthening public libraries and their contribution to communities.

Our Goals

  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: PLA centers equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in working with and for libraries as places of equitable opportunity.
  • Transformation: PLA works with and for public libraries as they evolve to become more responsive to and reflective of ever-changing community needs.
  • Professional Growth: PLA offers inclusive pipelines and pathways for the professional growth of all library workers.
  • Advocacy and Awareness: PLA is the national voice for championing public libraries as a public good.
  • Organizational Excellence: PLA is the most trusted and innovative public library membership organization.

View the PLA Strategic Plan 2022–2026 and past plans at the PLA Strategic Plan 2022–2026 page.

PLA's Year in Review

2023: PLA's Year in Review
A visual presentation of PLA's 2023 year in review; a text version is also available. Previous years: