General Exhibits Info


With over 400 exhibiting organizations and the PopTop stage featuring the hottest authors, the exhibit floor is an integral part of the learning and professional development that takes place at the Midwinter Meeting. 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. View the Exhibitor Directory.

Exhibit Hours

Grand Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor
Friday, January 25 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 26

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 27

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday, January 28

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wrap Up/ Rev Up Celebration

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Small Press/Product Area

The Small Press/Small Product area in the exhibits is where new and independent presses often launch their latest titles. This area also serves as a jumping off point where new vendors introduce themselves to the library community.

Ribbon-Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens immediately following the Author Forum, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and Seattle 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

Use this link to Meet the Authors for the schedule of Authors /Illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths. 

The PopTop Stage: Popular Topics, Every Day

The PopTop Stage will focus on three popular librarian favorites: Mystery, Romance and Storytelling. The PopTop Stage will feature readings, discussions, and presentations over the course of the exhibits. Click here for the PopTop Stage Schedule.

Spotlight on Adult Literature

Jointly sponsored by United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services, the “Spotlight on Adult Literature” is an opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about new authors as well as new books from seasoned authors of adult literature. On Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall, participating publishers will give away free books and some will host author signings during this time. A flyer listing all participating publishers will be handed out at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall on Saturday afternoon and is also available at this link.

Award-Winning Products at the ALA Store

Find the ALA Conference Store in the exhibit hall again at booth #1670, near the North Lobby entrance--an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store is a lively spot to browse, and 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 Conference Store hours:

Friday, January 25                 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 26             9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 27               9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday, January 28              9:00 am - 2:00 pm

ALA Graphics highlights new posters, bookmarks, and incentives, including the latest additions to the READ campaign and posters and bookmarks featuring popular characters. Look out for new and popular recent items including posters and bookmarks featuring the Hobbit, Mo Willems’ Friends, and Lost Hero (Percy Jackson series) plus Hunger Games and Hugh Jackman posters. Fun gift items include candles, journals, mugs, and more.

While you’re at the ALA Store, equip yourself with campaign items for Spring 2013 events including National Library Week, Teen Tech Week, School Library Month, and Choose Privacy Week.  As always, the conference t-shirt will sell out fast—arrive early to get your size.

ALA Editions is excited to offer new titles hot off the press, such as the long-awaited third edition of Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century, the landmark textbook by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath. And remember that you can now find Neal-Schuman, Chandos, and Facet titles in the ALA Conference Store. All ALA Editions, Neal-Schuman, Chandos, and Facet books will be 20% off the list price (an additional 10% off the ALA Member price).

Buy as many books as you like and get them shipped FREE! You can get free shipping on all book orders placed in the ALA Store (posters, bookmarks, and other gift-type items are not eligible for this offer).

Follow us for updates for updates on author/illustrator signings, special offers, and more: ALA Graphics on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. ALA Editions on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

Internet Room

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.

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.

Exhibits Closing & Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration

Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Annual Conference in Chicago. Start in the Exhibit Hall where there will be discount sales and exhibitors will offer special giveaways in their booths. The Exhibits Closing will be followed by the Wrap Up/Rev Up party. Come enjoy live music on the Wrap Up/Rev Up stage. The party will feature raffle prizes and fun.