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2021 WLA Conference

Join us for #WLA2021, September 30–October 2 at the Bellveue Marriott! We hope to see you for the full in-person experience, though we will also have select virtual offerings for those who can’t make the trip this time.

Early bird registration opens Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00 pm. This year, the conference duration will be shorter than in years past, with pre-conference workshops taking place on the first day, followed by two full days of professional development opportunities, keynotes, and exciting networking events!

The Conference Committee has selected the theme of Communities, Conversations, Connections. As each of us has faced isolation and change, we’ve been pushed to embrace technology, find new ways to connect, and re-examine the status quo. We’re preparing for a return to normal, but what does that new normal look like for libraries? How can we start conversations and forge stronger bonds with our communities?

The committee is hard at work planning relevant and fun opportunities for you to reconnect with your colleagues, both virtually and in-person. Watch for updates!

Conference Hotel

Bellevue Marriott
200 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA  98004

Conference Group Rate
$154/night - plus taxes and fees

Book Online by Sept. 7

Book By Phone
Call +1 425-214-7600 and mention WLA Conference


COVID-19 Update

The WLA Board of Directors and Conference Committee are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on in-person events. Our priority is the well-being of our conference attendees, and precautions will be put in place in accordance with state and local guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy conference for everyone.

General Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 30
8:00 am–5:00 pm Registration desk open
8:30 am–12:30 pm Preconference Workshops I
12:30–2:00 pm Lunch on your own
2:00–5:00 pm Preconference Workshops II
7:00–9:00 pm Meet & Greet Reception
Friday, October 1
7:00 am–5:00 pm Registration desk open
All day Spotlight on Success
8:30–9:45 am Opening Keynote & Breakfast
10:00–10:45 am Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
11:00–12:15 am Morning Sessions I
10:00 am–6:00 pm Exhibit Hall open
12:30–2:00 pm Afternoon Keynote & Lunch
2:15–3:00 pm Afternoon Sessions I
3:00–3:30 pm Exhibits & break with raffle
3:30–4:45 pm Afternoon Sessions II
5:00–6:00 pm Unconference/Debrief
5:30–8:15 pm Dinner on own
8:15–9:00 pm Night Track Sessions I
9:15–10:00 pm Night Track Sessions II
Saturday, October 2
7:00 am 7th Annual WLA Scholarship Fund Run
7:30 am–5:00 pm Registration desk open
All day Spotlight on Success
8:00–9:45 am ScLD/CAYAS Author Breakfast
9:00 am–4:00 pm Exhibit Hall open
10:00–10:45 am Morning Sessions I
10:45–11:15 am Exhibits & break
11:15 am–12:30 pm Morning Sessions II
12:45–2:00 pm WLA Awards Lunch & Business Meeting
2:15–3:00 pm Afternoon Sessions I
3:00–3:45 pm Exhibits Grand Finale
3:45–5:00 pm Afternoon Sessions II
5:15–5:45 pm Unconference/Debrief
6:00–8:00 pm Evening Keynote & Dinner
8:00–10:00 pm LibraryCon
9:00–11:00 pm President's Reception
All times are subject to change.