Celebrate the Guadalajara International Book Fair with ALA-FIL FREE PASS Program

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ALA and the Guadalajara International Book Fair are partnering for the 19th year to provide support for ALA members to attend the 32nd Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) from November 24 - 28, 2018. This year's guest of honor is Portugal. 

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The deadline for application to the ALA/FIL FREE PASS Program is September 8, 2018. The Guadalajara Book Fair is offering an additional $100 to the first 100 applicants who submit their airfare confirmation by October 2nd.


Online Application--(will be available in early February 2018).


The ALA-FIL FREE PASS Program provides:

  • 3 nights at the Hotel Guadalajara Plaza López Mateos (six nights if you share a room with a colleague who is also part of the program)
  • 3 continental breakfast
  • FIL Registration, courtesy of FIL
  • $100 toward the cost of airfare, courtesy of ALA. The Guadalajara Book Fair is offering an additional $100 to the first 100 applicants who submit a copy of their airfare confirmation by October 2, 2018.


FREE PASSES will be awarded to 150 librarians who work in the area of Spanish language acquisitions and/or are working to build their Spanish language collection to better serve their community and users. Applicants must be ALA Personal Members.

FIL, the most important exhibit of Spanish-language books in the world, will offer:

  • firsthand access to the latest publications in Spanish;
  • an exhibit of more than 300,000 titles;
  • access to the complete catalogs of more than 1,500 publishers from over 35 countries;
  • networking opportunities with 15,000 book professionals;
  • literary programming ith Latin American authors; and
  • lectures on Mexican culture delivered by experts in the field.


For more information or to apply for the FREE PASS Program, contact:

Diego Arellano
Professional Registration 
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico
Telephone: +011-52-(33)-3268-0917
E-mail: diego.arellano@fil.com.mx


ALA and FIL encourage applications from school and public librarians, as well as academic librarians, to the FREE PASS Program. FIL will also provide free registration to all American librarians interested in attending FIL, even if they are not selected for the FREE PASS Program.


For ALA membership information, please contact:

Delin Guerra
ALA-International Relations Office
Tel: 1800-545-2433, ext. 3201
Email: dguerra@ala.org


To renew or become a new ALA personal member, please visit the  ALA Membership page

To learn more about the fair, pleases visit the Guadalajara Book Fair site.