PLS: Public Libraries Section

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The Public Libraries Section of NYLA is dedicated to supporting public libraries and public library staff of New York State. Our goal is to help sustain and improve libraries and library services by providing continuing education opportunities, conference programming, awards, scholarships, advocacy and by supporting key NYLA initiatives. Join us, get involved. Public libraries need you!

For more information, contact:

Margaret (Meg) Van Patten


Baldwinsville Public Library

33 East Genesee Street

Baldwinsville, New York 13027

315-635-5631 (voice)

315-635-6760 (fax)



PLS Annual Meeting 2021

Conference is right around the corner, and the PLS Board would like to invite you to our annual membership meeting. Time and place to be determined.


Awards and Scholarships Applications Due September 12th, 2021 (see tab above)

2021 PLS Public Libraries Building Awards - New Construction

2021 PLS Conference Scholarship

2021 PLS L Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award




 Requests for PLS Programming Support

New York Library Association roundtables and affiliates are eligible to submit a request for conference programming support from PLS. This support is intended to help finance bringing speakers to the annual NYLA conference, or other public library conferences in New York State. 
Each NYLA roundtable or affiliate may submit one request per year. 

To apply for PLS programming support, please complete the application form.


Public Libraries Section Mission Statement

(PLS was organized in 1972.)

The Public Libraries Section represents the interests and concerns of the public libraries of New York State. Membership is encouraged and open to all interested in the issues confronting the information services and business of publc libraries. This section endeavors to provide continuing education and leadership opportunities that promote and enhance library services. In addition, PLS acts as an advocate for public and political awareness striving towards adequate funding and support.