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.
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
Closer to June, you will find the schedule of authors/illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths here.
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. Click here for 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. Click here for 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. Click here for schedule.
Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage
Hear from authors, illustrators and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Click here for schedule.
Award-Winning Products at the ALA Store
Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1224, on the main aisle and adjacent to the ALA/Membership Pavilion—an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by!
ALA Graphics highlights new posters, bookmarks, and incentives, including the latest additions to the READ campaign and posters and bookmarks featuring popular characters. As always, the conference t-shirt will sell out fast—arrive early to get your size.
Prices at the Conference Store automatically reflect the ALA Member discount, so there’s no need to dig out your membership card. And remember that every dollar you spend at the ALA Store helps support library advocacy, awareness, and other key programs and initiatives!
ALA Membership Pavilion—The Place to Connect
A favorite stop in the exhibits where you can learn how membership can enhance your career, connect you with colleagues, and help you improve library services to your community. For our newest members, meet colleagues from the New Members Round Table (NMRT) who will help you find ways to get more involved in the association, supporting your career and the rest of the profession. ALA volunteer members and staff are ready to help answer your questions about your membership, the conference, and the many things happening at ALA. With information and displays from ALA divisions, round tables, and offices, the ALA Membership Pavilion is your one-stop place to learn and get connected.
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.