General Exhibits Info


With more than 900 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.

The ALA Annual Exhibits will be held in McCormick Place, Chicago.

Click here to view the 2017 list of participating exhibitors.

Exhibit Hours

Friday, June 23, 2017 Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor

*Full Conference Registrants Only, not included in Exhibits Only Pass

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017

9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, June 25, 2017

9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday, June 26, 2017 Exhibits Closing Events

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

An exciting and extensive schedule of the 100s of authors and illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths will be posted here closer to the conference.

Book Buzz Theater

Hear the latest “Buzz” about the newest titles from your favorite publishers all in one easy-to-find location in the exhibits. Check back closer to the conference for a full schedule of participating publishers.

Stages in the Exhibit Hall

Live Stages with a variety of leading personalities, including:

New! The Park and the Playground @ ALA

Relax at The Park @ ALA right in the exhibit hall. Spend a little quiet time under the dome, sit on a park bench, play a game of checkers, make a wish in the fountain, or borrow a book from the Tricycle Bookmobile. Or join us at the Park to participate in either or both ALA service projects—building a Little Free Library and an ALA Blood Drive.

The Playground @ ALA features the latest in hands-on learning for you to interact with future-focused new technologies arriving in libraries today and tomorrow. Make the most of the maker space, virtual and augmented reality demo zone, coding for all ages, drone piloting, 3D printing, robotics, and more.

What's Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage

The Cookbook Pavilion heats up the exhibit floor with mouthwatering displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will prepare their best recipes on the Demonstration Stage and will autograph their books. 

The PopTop Stage - Popular Topics, Every Day

The PopTop Stage features favorites including mystery, humor, romance, technology, and travel, with readings, discussions, panels, and presentations. 

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

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 inspire and reach reluctant readers. 

Front Porch Stage

Front Porch Stage is back! Located in the lobby area of the convention center outside the registration area.  This live stage focuses on solo acoustic acts across a wide range of musical instruments and styles. 

Specialty Pavilions

The special showcase pavilions offer an in-depth look at what is new, including the latest publications, products, services, and technologies. Specialty Pavilions include:

Artist Alley

Meet many of today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, graphic novels, and books for readers of all ages, and enjoy original artwork. 

Diversity Pavilion

Bringing together in one space exhibitors who offer books, products, and services to help libraries meet the needs of their diverse populations and engage with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

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.

Gaming Lounge

An oasis of gaming amidst the sea of exhibits. Stop by the Gaming Lounge to explore game resources for your library programs. Join the GameRT for open gaming from their library of game resources, sit down for demos from leading game publishers or explore poster and sharing sessions from other librarians who are exploring and implementing successful gaming programs in their library spaces.

Government Information Pavilion

Offers the latest information from featured government agencies.

International Pavilion

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 build your collection.

Library School and Instruction Pavilion

ALISE institutional members and other schools showcase LIS educational programs.

Mobile App Pavilion

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

Where new and independent presses often launch their newest titles, and a jumping-off point for new vendors to introduce themselves to the library community.

University Press Pavilion

Offers a wide variety of academic and trade titles in print and digital formats, as well as database products.

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. 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

Join us Monday to close the exhibits for the Annual Conference 2017. Exhibitors will offer discounts and special giveaways in their booths.