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2019 PaLA Conference in Erie!

Pennsylvania Library Association
2019 Conference & Expo
October 13 - 16, 2019
Bayfront Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is the oldest professional library organization serving all types of libraries throughout the Commonwealth. The PaLA Conference provides the library community with a variety of continuing education, supplier resources and networking opportunities during this important event. 

With the 2019 conference theme "Shine On" we will shine the light on some of the wonderful things taking place in Pennsylvania libraries and how we can continue to shine in the future.  The event will take place at Bayfront Landing located  on the shores of Lake Erie's Presque Isle Bay.  The center offers not only breathtaking views, but also world-class facilities, amenities and service.  We hope you will decide to join us!

Seeking Performers!

If you are a library performer, we have an opportunity for you to showcase your talent, virtually, to an audience of library professionals looking to book programs for their libraries!  The Shine On Talent! event will take place Monday evening, October 14 and will feature video snippets of what you do best!  More information and registration link.

The PaLA Library Products & Services Expo

The Library Products & Services Expo offers one of the best opportunities for conference attendees to learn about recent innovations in library products and services from our exhibitor partners in one convenient venue.

 For suppliers, this two-day show offers a concise schedule in an environment that promotes interaction with attendees through no-conflict exhibit time, exhibit hall activities and informal networking opportunities. More information on exhibit opportunities.  Resources for Registered Exhibitors

Attendee Registration is Now Open!

Hotel Information

We have reserved blocks of rooms at both the Courtyard by Marriott and Sheraton Erie Bayfront at the conference rate of $149/night plus applicable occupancy taxes.(Currently,13%) Both hotels are attached to the convention center and offer stunning views of Presque Isle Bay. 

Book a room at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront


Phone: (800) 325-3535*                                                                                       

Book a room at the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront


Phone: (888) 236-2427*       

*State that you would like a room under the PaLA or Pennsylvania Library Association room block

NOTE:  Lodging for Saturday evening is limited.  If you receive a notice that rooms are not available, and you have included Saturday, please adjust the reservation to remove that date.  We are working to secure more rooms.

The conference room blocks expire at 5:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2019.  Reservations received after this date will be subject to prevailing room rates and availability.

Conference Planning Committee

The 2019 Conference is made possible due to the work of the 2019 Conference Planning Committee, under the direction of chair, Paula Collins.   Committee Roster.

Contact Us

220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-7663 Phone
717-766-5440 Fax
800-622-3308 (PA Only)