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2020 WLA Conference

We hope you will join us in Spokane for the annual 2020 WLA Conference!

When: October 7–10, 2020
Where: Spokane Convention Center  

Registration will open July 8. Register before September 9 to get the Early Bird discount.



The conference theme is 2020 Vision: Looking to the Future. Libraries of all types are facing challenges as we head into the future. While we need to hold these challenges firmly in our field of focus, we simultaneously need to be scanning the horizon for new opportunities. There are oceans of possibilities surrounding inventive and important programs. New methods of reaching our constituents. Changes to our physical spaces. Changes in funding. Incorporating new technology. And so on. By reflecting on our collective past and remembering that libraries have always faced change head on, let’s come together with 2020 vision to share our clearest and sharpest visions for the future!

COVID-19 Update: The WLA Board and office are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on future events. At this time, we are planning to hold an in-person conference this fall in Spokane. We will follow the recommendations from government and health officials, and we are prepared to pivot to an online event if necessary. While some libraries may experience budget cuts as a result of the current crisis, we also know how much our library community will need this opportunity to network, learn, and problem solve together. We hope to see you in Spokane!


"Together Again" Grants for Conference Attendance

Libraries are facing difficult budget cuts, and we know that this will leave many with financial barriers to professional development. To support our library community, WLA will offer attendance grants for the 2020 WLA Conference to our members who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Grants may cover conference registration, travel, and/or lodging, depending on the financial needs of the applicant. WLA members who demonstrate a financial need resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. Grant funds must be used to attend the 2020 WLA Conference, October 7–10 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Learn more and apply here by Wednesday, July 8. Recipients will be announced Wednesday, August 5.

Now more than ever, we know our library community needs opportunities to learn, build connections, and tackle the new challenges we’re facing. With the help of our vendors, partner organizations, and members, we hope we can see much of our WLA community together again in Spokane!