General Exhibits Info


With more than 775 exhibiting organizations, multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking. The Exhibit Hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.

Link to a list of Participating Exhibitors.

Exhibit Hours 

Friday Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor

5:30pm - 7:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday Exhibits Closing Events - Wrap Up / Rev Up Celebration

9:00am - 2:00pm

Ribbon-Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately following the Opening General Session that features a brief welcome by ALA and local 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

Check back closer to the conference for the exciting and extensive schedule of authors/illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths.

Stages in the Exhibit Hall

Live Stages with a variety of leading personalities . . .

Book Buzz Theater

Your favorite publishers entertain and inform you about their hottest new titles, including fiction and nonfiction for young readers and adults alike, from manga to the Common Core!

What's Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage

Heating up the exhibit floor with mouthwatering displays of the latest cookbooks, chefs will be on hand to prepare the hottest recipes on the Demonstration Stage and to autograph their books. Check back for the complete schedule closer to the conference. 

The PopTop Stage - Popular Topics, Every Day

The PopTop Stage focuses on librarian favorites such as Mystery, Humor, Romance, Technology, and Travel, featuring readings, discussions, and presentations throughout the exhibit hours. Check back for the complete schedule closer to the conference.

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Your chance to hear from authors, illustrators, and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Learn more about the art of graphic novels and illustration, how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction, and how comics in the library and in the classroom can help you inspire and reach reluctant readers.


Specialty Pavilions

The ALA Exhibition offers special showcase pavilions to help conference attendees get an in-depth look at what is new, including the latest publications, products, and technologies ideal for libraries. Specialty Pavilions include:

Artist Alley

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. Check back here for a list of participants closer to the conference. 

DVD / Video Pavilion

The DVD/Video Pavilion showcases recorded materials for libraries of all types.

Gaming / Graphic Novel Pavilion

This fun pavilion links suppliers of educational and recreational games and graphic novels with librarians and industry professionals looking to implement related programs and materials. This is a pavilion not to miss—many libraries have reported increased use after implementing gaming programs.

Government Information Pavilion

This recently introduced pavilion offers the latest information from featured government agencies.

International Pavilion

The International Publishers Pavilion is the perfect place to find multi-lingual and multicultural publications and library materials. With suppliers from around the world, one stop at this pavilion helps you add to your collection.

Library School and Instruction Pavilion

ALISE institutional members and other schools showcase LIS educational programs

Mobile Applications Pavilion

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. 

Small Press/Product Area

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

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

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

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 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.

Internet Room

Open to ALA members, the Internet Room in the Exhibit Hall is open during exhibit hours. It is managed by ALA’s Internet Steering Committee and staffed by volunteers.

Post Office

The United States Postal Service is on hand to take care of your shipping needs, offering exclusively Priority Mail service. Check the Post Office location on site for daily hours.

Exhibits Closing & Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration

Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Annual Conference. 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, featuring a high-profile entertainer.