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The mission of the North Carolina Library Association shall be to promote libraries, library and information services, and librarianship; and to champion intellectual freedom and literacy programs.  

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We can't wait to see you at the 65th Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association. The theme is Cultivating Community: Strengthening Roots, Supporting New Growth.

Join us virtually on October 16 and in-person October 17-20, 2023 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Registration Now Open!

Latest updates:

09/21/23 - Read the greeting from J. Allen Joines, the Mayor of Winston-Salem.

08/15/23 - Keynote speakers have been announced!

07/27/23 - Check out our local events & dining guide

06/02/23 - The schedule has been published.

06/01/23 - Help make the conference great and volunteer!

05/31/23 - Be a sponsor or an exhibitor.

Social Events

A part of the NCLA biennial conference is getting to know others. Join us for some of these social events - note that all require registration for headcount purposes and some have an associated cost.

Already registered but want to add something? Just Contact Us and select "Registration".

Tuesday (10/17)

  • 09:00am - 12:00pm Pre-conference: Envisioning Trans-Inclusive Public Libraries - $10
  • 09:00am - 12:00pm Pre-conference: Cultivating Copyright Knowledge: Developing Support Strategies for Library Communities (Part 1) - $10
  • 01:30pm - 04:30pm Pre-conference: Privilege, Culture, and Cultivating Community - $10
  • 01:30pm - 04:30pm Pre-conference: Cultivating Your Community and Growing Your Programming with LINC! - $10
  • 01:30pm - 04:30pm Pre-conference: Cultivating Copyright Knowledge: Developing Support Strategies for Library Communities (Part 2) - $5
  • 04:30pm - 06:00pm Exhibit Sneak Peek - FREE

Wednesday (10/18)

  • 12:15pm - 01:45pm WILR Luncheon: Cultivating Community with the Farmhouse Chef, Jamie Dement - $30
  • 04:00pm - 06:00pm Vendor Reception - FREE
  • 06:30pm - 08:30pm Trivia Night: Play to win $50 cash and more prizes!, sponsored by NMRT & YSS - $30
  • 06:30pm - 08:30pm NCLA Endowment Dinner & Event: An Evening of Entertainment at UNCSA. Proceeds support the NCLA Endowment 

Thursday (10/19)

  • 07:30am - 08:45am Beta Phi Mu Breakfast - $30
  • 09:00am - 09:45am NMRT: Coffee and Networking - FREE
  • 12:15pm - 01:45pm REMCO Luncheon - $25 Remco member, $30 Non-member, $15 student
  • 05:00pm - 06:00pm LIS Reception - FREE
  • 05:00pm - 06:00pm PLS Reception - $15 PLS member, $20 Non-member
  • 06:00pm - 09:00pm All-Conference Reception - FREE

Friday (10/20)

  • 12:00pm - 02:30pm All-Conference Luncheon and Closing Keynote - FREE

Upcoming Events

Statement on Acceptance and Inclusion in North Carolina libraries

Libraries and information agencies provide access to information, resources, and programs to meet the varied needs of the communities they serve. They have a responsibility to represent a broad range of views and to meet the needs of everyone in the community, including those who may be marginalized or underrepresented. An underrepresented group, by our working definition, refers to a group of people whose characteristics are fewer in numbers than the main groups of those classifications1. Libraries and associated information agencies are interdisciplinary entities that value inclusivity and support intellectual freedom in all its forms.

Individuals have the right to intellectual freedom, confidentiality, fair and equitable access to information, selecting materials or attending programs of their choosing. Caregivers have the right to select materials, resources, and programming for their children. While feedback regarding library resources and programs is always welcome from the communities served, individuals do not have the right to deny other individuals or families access to information, resources, or programs of their choosing. Individuals have the right to feel safe coming to libraries.

We, the undersigned organizations, support intellectual freedom and the rights of individuals to access information, resources, services, and programming of their choosing through libraries and information agencies. We support ensuring libraries remain a safe place for all. We strongly condemn all forms of censorship, threats, acts of intimidation, and all aggression.

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North Carolina Library Association

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