General Exhibits Info
With over 800 exhibiting organizations and multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, the exhibit floor is an integral part of the learning and professional development that takes place at the Annual Conference. The Exhibit Hall offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of library products, services, books and online services and the tools and technologies available in today’s libraries.
Friday, June 28
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 29
9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, June 30
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, July 1
9:00am - 2:00pm
The Exhibit Hall opens immediately following the Opening Session, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and Chicago dignitaries. The Exhibits Opening includes food, drink, and entertainment through the exhibit hall, giving exhibitors and attendees their first chance to network as the exhibits kick off.
Meet the Authors
Live Stages with a variety of leading personalities
LIVE! @ your Library Reading Stage
In the Exhibit Hall on attendees can take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your Library Reading Stage. Enjoy readings from new and favorite authors, learn how to develop author programs for your library, and find new recommendations for your patrons. The stage will run Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm, and on Monday from 10:00am - 12:30pm. Link to schedule.
What's Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage
The Cookbook Pavilion will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there everyday to prepare the hottest recipes on the Demonstration Stage and to autograph their latest books. Link to schedule.
The PopTop Stage - Popular Topics, Every Day
The PopTop Stage will focus on extremely popular librarian favorites: Mystery, Zines, Romance, Technology and Travel. The PopTop Stage will feature readings, discussions, and presentations over the course of the exhibits. Link to schedule.
Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage
Hear from authors, illustrators and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Link to schedule.
The ALA Exhibition will showcase the latest publications, products and technologies available to libraries. Many of these products will be featured in special showcase pavilions to help conference attendees get an in depth look at what is new. Special feature areas of the exhibit floor include:
ALA Membership Pavilion, Booth 1231
Connect with colleagues, other ALA members and ALA staff who are on hand to answer your questions about the conference, your membership, advocacy, and the many things happening at ALA. ALA divisions, round tables, offices, and other ALA-affiliated groups have exhibits and representatives at the Pavilion.
ALA Store, Booth 1224
The ALA Store offers new and bestselling items that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs, as well as gift items. Check the schedule for signings at the store!
Artist Alley, End of 2300–2400 Aisle
From children’s books to graphic novels, Artist Alley includes the best from all genres.
Meet many of today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, graphic novels, and books, and enjoy original artwork. Click here for a list of participating exhibitors.
DVD / Video Pavilion,Middle of 1800–1900 Aisle
The DVD/Video Pavilion offers a showcase of recorded materials for libraries of all types.
Gaming / Graphic Novel Pavilion, End of 2500–2600 Aisle
This pavilion links suppliers of educational and recreational games and graphic novels with librarians and industry professionals who are looking to implement related programs and materials at their libraries. This will be a fun area of the exhibit hall that attendees will not want to miss; many libraries have reported increased patronage due to newly implemented gaming programs.
Government Information Pavilion, Middle of 500–900 Aisle
This is a new pavilion of exhibits offering the latest information from featured government agencies.
International Pavilion, Middle of 1000–1500 Aisle
The International Publishers Pavilion is the perfect place to find multi-lingual and multicultural publications and library materials. With suppliers from around the world, you can add to your collection with one visit.
Library School and Instruction Pavilion, 100 Aisle
ALISE institutional members and other schools showcase their valuable LIS educational programs for librarians in this pavilion.
Mobile Applications Pavilion, Booth 853
Do you need “An app for that”? Find the latest mobile apps and technology to manage your library, improve service to patrons and help readers of all ages. Link to a list of participating exhibitors.
Small Press/Product Area, Back of 100–200 Aisle and 2500–2600
The Small Press/Small Product area is often where new and independent presses launch their newest titles. This area also serves as a jumping off point where new vendors introduce themselves to the library community.
Technology/Library 2.0 Pavilion, Front of 100–400 Aisle
The Technology/Library 2.0 Pavilion features the latest products and service designed to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and creativity of today’s librarians.
University Press Pavilion, Middle of 300–400 Aisle
The University Press Pavilion serves as a meeting point for a diverse number of university and research presses from a variety of genres.
Zine Pavilion, Booth 2053
Zines offer a unique way for libraries to expand their print connections and connect with their communities in a time when so much of our work is going digital. Handmade publications that can cover any subject, many zines represent perspectives rarely covered in other print media. Their celebration of print culture may seem anachronistic, but zines offer a range of programming opportunities for youth and adults alike. This pavilion in the exhibits includes Zine creators, librarians who manage zine collections and a display of topical zines which will be raffled off to a library at the close of the exhibits.
Open to ALA members, the Internet Room is located in the Exhibit Hall and is open during exhibit hours only. It is managed by ALA’s Internet Steering Committee and staffed by volunteers.
The United States Postal Service will be on hand to take care of your shipping needs, offering exclusively Priority Mail service. Check the Post Office location on site for daily hours.
Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Start in the Exhibit Hall where exhibitors will offer discounts and special giveaways in their booths. The Exhibits Closing will be followed by the Wrap Up/Rev Up party, which will feature raffle prizes and fun.