General Exhibits Info


With hundreds of exhibiting organizations, multiple specialty pavilions, 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 the West Building of the Orange County Convention center.

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Exhibit Hours

Friday, June 24, 2016 Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor

*Full Conference Registrants Only

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, June 25, 2016

9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, June 26, 2016

9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday, June 27, 2016 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

Check the conference scheduler for the list of authors/illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths.

Stages in the Exhibit Hall

Live Stages with a variety of leading personalities, including:

Book Buzz Theater

Hear the latest "Buzz" about the newest titles from your favorite publishers all in one easy-to-find location in the exhibit hall.

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What's Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage

The What's Cooking Demo Stage will be heating up the exhibit floor with these mouthwatering displays from the latest cookbooks, hottest chefs and the best-in-the-business foodies.

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The PopTop Stage - Popular Topics, Every Day

The PopTop Stage features librarian favorites through, readings, discussions, panels, and presentations. Find out what's popular as we get further into 2016!

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Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

This is your chance to hear from authors, illustrators, and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction on this head-spinning stage!

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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 comic books to games and graphic novels, Artist Alley includes the best from all genres. Meet many of today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, and graphic novels and enjoy their original work.

Be sure to also enjoy the ERT/Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship and Artist Alley Silent Auction. The auction features original work donated by Artist Alley participants as well as numerous quilts donated by the ALA BiblioQuilters and friends of ERT. Plan to stop by during the conference and make note that bidding ends Sunday at 4:45pm.


This is just a sample of some of the artwork you could win!!

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, equality, 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 the their library of game resources, sit down for demos from leading game publishers or explore poster and sharing sessions from other librarians that 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

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

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, and 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. 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

Join us Monday to close the exhibits for the Annual Conference 2016. Exhibitors will offer discounts and special giveaways in their booths.