WLA Mission

The Washington Library Association leads, advocates, educates, and connects.


2022-2023 WLA Scholarship Application

The application for 2022-2023 WLA Scholarships is available through July 10, 2022 at https://www.wla.org/wla-scholarships.

WLA scholarships are professional development and/or memorial scholarships, created and funded by families and friends in memory of their loved ones to honor each person’s service to libraries.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the WLA Office by emailing [email protected] or calling/texting (206) 823-1138.


WLA 2022 Book Award Winners

We're pleased to share that the winners of the 2022 WLA Book Awards have been officially announced! Visit the Book Awards homepage to see the list of this year's winners!

Thank you to all of the students who voted for their favorite books this year, along with the hard work of the OTTER, Sasquatch, Towner, and Washington Children's Choice Picture Book award committees.


Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read

The Washington Library Association has released an updated Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read. Read the statement in full on WLA's Intellectual Freedom Section (IFS) site, and explore other free resources related to intellectual freedom and freedom from censorship.

Want to become a member of IFS? Joining the section is free with WLA membership. Add the section to your existing membership or request to join by contacting the WLA Office.


WLA Statement on Anti-Racism

The Washington Library Association decries the brutality Black communities experience from those charged to protect and serve. Libraries are providers of vital resources for historically underserved communities, and this work has never been more important than it is now. We are responsible for continuing to do this difficult, sometimes painful work that demands we address our biases and how they impact our ability to serve our communities equitably. We urge library professionals across Washington to fight for Black lives, actively oppose systemic oppression and police brutality, and prioritize anti-racism in all that we do. The WLA Board is committed to doing this anti-racist work within our association. To be silent is to be complicit.

For resources regarding anti-racism, click here.