The Library Marketplace:
Exhibits, Stages & Resources

Learn, innovate, and have fun in the Library Marketplace!


Photo of The Library Marketplace exhibit hall

There’s so much to see and do in the Library Marketplace!

You’ll want to set aside plenty of time to:

  • Visit with exhibitors to get the latest in products, services, titles, authors, and technologies.
  • Hear from experts, authors and illustrators on LIVE stages.
  • Meet the Authors and have your favorite books autographed or take selfies at the Meet the Authors Autographing Area.
  • Watch films and documentaries at the Now Showing @ ALA Film Program.
  • Take part in the Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship Silent Auction. You’ll find donated original artwork and handmade quilts from the ALA Biblio-quilters available for bidding. 
  • Extend the learning you received in conference sessions in many of the hands-on opportunities throughout the exhibits.

Library Marketplace Hours

Friday, June 23: 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Saturday, June 24, 9:00am – 5:00pm  | Sunday, June 25, 9:00am – 5:00pm  | Monday, June 26, 9:00am – 2:00pm

See Participating Exhibitors and Floor Plan


  Engaging Sessions on Live Stages!

See schedules below, with more to be added!

Pop Top Stage logo - click to view conference scheduler

The PopTop Stage features favorite book genres, including mystery, humor, romance, technology, and travel with readings, discussions, panels, and presentations. See stage schedule.

The Look of Books Stage logo – click to view scheduler

The Look of Books Stage hosts book and graphic novel contributors from the world of art, illustration, and photography. See stage schedule.

Tech Talk Stage logo - click to view conference scheduler

The TechTalk Stage is the place to learn about new technologies making their way into libraries, and to discover how technology impacts our work and personal lives. See stage schedule.

Front Porch Stage logo

A great place in the exhibits to relax and listen to live local music on the Front Porch Stage.

See stage schedule.

What's Cooking @ ALA stage logo

Returning for 2023!

The What's Cooking Stage @ ALA 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. See stage schedule.

Bonus Showcases

Zine logo

Zines are self-published works created out of passion, not for profit. Make your own or collaborate with others. There's even a raffle to get your library kitted out with a starter zine collection!

Tech Test Pilot Playground

The Tech Test Pilot Playground gives you hands-on time with robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and more. Create light-up name tags, draw in 3D, and more!

ARC Giveaways logo

Get Advanced Release Copies, the pre-published and almost-complete versions of new books that are usually circulated to professional reviewers in advance of print. Fill your tote bags or visit the onsite Post Office to ship these free books back to your home or library.

Podcast Recording Booth logo

​At the Podcast Recording Booth, you can watch and listen as today’s emerging and well-known authors record a short podcast.

See schedule.

Sponsored by:
Next Generation Indie Book Awards logo

The Park at ALA logo

Need a place to take a break from the awesomeness of the Marketplace?
Looking for an afternoon snack?
Want to take a selfie in a fun atmosphere?

Come to the Park @ ALA.

Meet The Authors logo - click to view the scheduler

Meet the Authors & Authors Autographing Area

From first-time authors to established big names. 

Meet the Authors in various booths and the Autographing AreaDon't forget your favorite books for autographs and your phone for selfies. See schedule.

Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship Silent Auction & The Artist Alley

SILENT AUCTION: Be sure to stop by the auction located on the Grand Concourse. Named for a long-time ALA staff member, the annual scholarship is awarded to an individual pursuing a library sciences degree in an ALA-accredited program.

The Artist Alley includes original artworks from all genres by today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, and graphic novels. These works will be available for bidding in the Silent Auction. Also featured in the silent auction are the original vibrant quilts created by the Biblioquilters. The quilt makers are representatives who work both in and with libraries.

Bidding ends Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Image of selected artwork available in the silent auction