The Washington Library Association (WLA) is a resource for libraries and the people who make them great! WLA is a vibrant and effective advocate for libraries, library professionals and library allies. It’s also a community where its members learn, grow professionally, develop strong relationships and have fun.

Accepting Applications for Graduate Study Scholarship

WLA will be awarding one $3,000 Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship this year.
The Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship is awarded to a WLA member enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS degree program who has completed at least one semester or quarter. Applicants are evaluated based on demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service.
Application Timeline
Applications open: September 11, 2017
Applications close: October 16, 2017
Winner announced: October 23, 2017
Scholarship winners will be recognized November 3, 2017 during the WLA Business Lunch & Awards Meeting at the 2017 WLA ConferenceWe'll also recognize last year's scholarship winner, Sunny Kim!

WLA Elections Voting Is Open!

Voting is now open for the 2018 Washington Library Association Elections! Three online ballots for WLA Board, Division, and Section leadership are open September 1–30. All current WLA members may vote for WLA Board positions. Ballots for WLA Divisions and Sections are restricted to current members of those groups.

To learn more about the fantastic candidates, please read their statements before filling out your ballots.

Board Candidate Statements | Board Ballot
Division Candidate Statements | Division Ballot
Section Candidate Statements | Section Ballot

Winners will be announced October 2, and incoming and outgoing leadership will be recognized at the 2017 WLA Conference November 1–4 in Tacoma. The new elected terms will begin January 1.

Has your annual membership lapsed? Visit here to renew! Thank you for your support of WLA.

Register for the 2017 WLA Conference

Are you getting curiouser and curiouser about the 2017 WLA Conference? Wait no more: Registration is now live! Click here to register.

The conference will be November 1 – 4 at Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Join us for four fun-filled, information-packed days as we experience “Libraries Through the Looking-Glass.” Register by September 20 to get the Early Bird discount!

Please enjoy the newest issue of Alki : July 2017 - The Social Justice Issue   

Alki Summer 2017

Social justice issues are front and center for many Washington State libraries. Growing income inequality, an increase in hate crimes and a political climate that threatens our most vulnerable patrons have spurred libraries into action. In the Social Justice issue, the summer issue of Alki, we hear from public and academic librarians who are leading the fight against "fake news," providing services to marginalized communities like prisoners and the unhoused, promoting inclusion through diverse readers advisory and the creation of safe spaces, and fostering challenging conversations about the role of libraries in difficult times. 


Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

Email: info@wla.org
Phone: 206-823-1138