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MLA ’20 General Information

Abstract submissions now open! Visit the Contributed Content FAQ to read everything you need to know about submitting your paper, research paper, or immersion session in the first round of abstracts.


MLA’s premier event draws more than 1,400 participants including medical librarians and other health information professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors. MLA ’20 offers a variety of opportunities for attending educational sessions, seeing the latest products in the Exhibit Hall, and networking with colleagues.

The meeting is a 4 day interdisciplinary educational experience, with a 2 1/2-day commercial exhibition that attracts exhibitors from around the world.


Medical Library Association

Who Should Attend


120th Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Medical librarians
Collection development librarians
Consumer health librarians
Reference librarians
Hospital librarians
Entry-level librarians
First-time attendees
Experts in the profession
Library directors
International librarians
Solo librarians


Oregon Convention Center

Portland, OR

Key Dates

Friday and Saturday, May 15–16:

Pre-Meeting Continuing Education (CE) Courses

Saturday, May 16 (5:00pm):

Welcome Reception and Opening of the Hall of Exhibits

Sunday–Tuesday, May17–19:

Meeting programs (exhibits close May 18)

A Diverse, Inclusive, and Accessible Meeting

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the threads that strengthen the fabric of the Medical Library Association. 

MLA’s goal is to ensure that members, volunteers, and staff have a high level of awareness related to diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and ensure that our organizational behavior reflects the diversity of the profession, and of those we serve at our institutions.

More information coming soon!

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