General Exhibits Information

Exhibit Hall

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. 

Exhibit Floor Hours

Friday, June 21: 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor
  - For full conference registrants only

Saturday, June 22: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, June 23: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday, June 24: 9:00am - 2:00pm - Closing Events on the Exhibit Floor

Ribbon-Cutting & Exhibit Floor Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens immediately after the Opening General Session with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and local dignitaries.  The reception allows exhibitors and attendees their first opportunity to network as the exhibits kick off. Be sure to stop by this festive event with food, drinks, and entertainment.

Exhibit Hall Stages

Live Stages with a variety of leading personalities, launches, and other presentations.


BOOK BUZZ THEATER Book Buzz Theater Image

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 date for a full schedule of participating publishers. 


What's Cooking @ ALA Image


The What's Cooking Stage will be heating up the exhibit floor with mouthwatering displays from the hottest chefs, latest cookbook authors, and the "best-in-the-business" foodies. Chefs will also be on hand to prepare the hottest recipes on the demonstration stage, and to autograph their books. 


THE POPTOP STAGE - PopTop Stage image

The PopTop Stage features favorite book genres, including mystery, humor, romance, technology, and travel. With readings, discussions, panels, and presentations, you're sure to discover what's popular as we welcome in 2019! 




The Chapter One Stage will feature panels of new and emerging authors with each presentation focusing on a single genre. Hot topics will also be featured as a jumping off point for new issues impacting libraries and publishing.


GRAPHIC NOVEL/GAMING STAGEGraphic and Gaming Novel Stage Image

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.



An exciting and extensive schedule of the 100s of authors and illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths.

Specialty Pavilions

Special showcase pavilions help conference attendees get an in-depth look at what's new, including the latest publications, products, 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 in Publishing Pavilion

Expanded with new features, the Diversity in Publishing pavilion will be home to a wide range of titles, publications, and displays.  One area of the pavilion will feature exhibits from diverse publishers that will give attendees the chance to talk to editors, writers, and authors.

The pavilion will also be home to a display celebrating 50 years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, a traveling exhibit developed by the NCCIL.  A Diverse Publication Showcase will round out the area. The showcase will live online before, during, and after the event and allow exhibitors to enter their books in a searchable database. These titles will then be displayed in the showcase for attendees to review and build a list of “most wanted” books for their own collections, through the MyBookTote mobile app.

This pavilion is sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company and the Combined Book Exhibit.

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 multi-cultural 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 Applications Pavilion
There's “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
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
Discover 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 objectives 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 and librarians who manage zine collections. A display of topical zines will be raffled off to a library at the close of the exhibits.

Other Resources

Internet Room
Managed by ALA’s Internet Steering Committee and staffed by volunteers, the Internet Room will be available to ALA Members in the Exhibit Hall during exhibit hours.

Post Office
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.


Interested in Exhibiting?

The American Library Association invites you to exhibit and meet face-to-face with more than 8,000+ key library professionals from around the country. The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place June 20 - 25, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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