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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!


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!


Conference Bus

Dispel your travel worries as the Southeast Chapter (SEPLA) has chartered a bus to transport conference attendees to the conference Saturday through Wednesday.  Two pick up locations have been planned for Souderton and State College. Sit back and relax and leave the driving to us!
More Information  (Requires registration)


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%) The hotel lodging rate includes complimentary parking in the hotel garages. (Typically, $12/night)  Both hotels are attached to the convention center and offer stunning views of Presque Isle Bay. 

Book a room at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront

 Or call (800) 325-3535*                                                                                       

Book a room at the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront

Or call  (888) 236-2427*       

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

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.

NOTE:  Lodging in both hotel blocks is very limited.   Other Trip Advisor top-rated hotel options located nearby include:

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites (less than 1 mile from Bayfront Convention Center)

Springhill Suites by Marriott  (10 minutes/6 miles from Bayfront Convention Center)

Baymont by Wyndham Erie (10 minutes/6 miles from Bayfront Convention Center)

Hampton Inn Erie South (12 minutes/8 miles from Bayfront Convention Center)

Hilton Garden Inn Erie (15 minutes/11 miles from Bayfront Convention Center)


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.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Contact Us

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