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Please join us at the American Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference | June 22 - 27, 2017

ALA Welcomes library professionals from around the world to the premier library event!

No other event in the world offers a better opportunity to learn about current issues and trends in library and information science and technology than the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Throughout the conference, attendees participate in events, hear inspiring speakers, and learn from thought leaders and colleagues at more than 500 programs and in-depth sessions. Topics covered include digital content, innovation, the library of the future, transformation, emerging trends, best practices, community engagement, leadership, and many more. You will also have an opportunity to visit more than 800 vendors in the world’s largest library-focused exhibit hall, each highlighting new services, technologies, books, and products to improve your library and support your personal career development.


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Especially for international visitors

Orientation—A special introduction to ALA, the conference, and the city of Chicago. ALA members will recommend programs and social activities to help you make the most of your conference experience.

Preconference—A half-day program focusing on how U.S. libraries are managing some of the important issues that affect librarians around the world.

International Poster Sessions—A chance to promote your library’s activities, to showcase innovative programs, and share ideas with your colleagues worldwide.

International Papers—ALA invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation on how your library or country is addressing a selected topic. Contact the ALA to learn more.

International Reception—A special evening reception will be held in your honor so you can meet other international guests as well as colleagues from the U.S.

International Visitors Center (IVC)—A place where you can relax, review the conference program, or hold small meetings with new-found colleagues and friends. A computer with Internet access is provided, and ALA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help you. The IVC will be open from Friday - Monday, 9:00-5:00pm.

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Advance registration closes on June 16. A letter of confirmation will be sent by email once your full payment has been received. Make sure to print a copy of your registration confirmation and bring it with you for your records. 


Your ALA Annual Conference registration includes all this and more:

  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Preconferences for in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services—one-stop shopping for everything your library needs
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Meetings and events such as Opening and Closing General Sessions and ALA President’s Program
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • Access to the International Visitor's Center and Internet Café and WIFI—online access so you can stay in touch
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception (for full conference registrants)




Compusystems and OnPeak, ALA’s Registration and Housing companies, will be glad to help you with your hotel reservation.

Online: To make a hotel reservation online, please visit: http://2017.alaannual.org  go to Travel and Hotels.

Fax or mail: Please go to the link above and print out the 2017 Annual Conference Housing Reservation Form and fax or mail to:

Fax:                 +01-708-344-4444 (You will need your Annual Conference Registration number)


Mail:                c/o onPeak LLC
                        Attn: ALA Annual 2017
                        350 North Clark Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60654, USA      

Email:            ala@onpeak.com


Important hotel information:

  • You must be registered for the Annual conference in order to make a housing reservation.
  • Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All rooms are subject to applicable tax and city and state charges.
  • All hotels require a one night (plus tax) credit card guarantee to hold your room. In the event that a credit card cannot be provided to guarantee your reservation, a check for the total amount of the first night (plus tax) - per room requested is required.  Please make check payable to: American Library Association (Checks must be in USD, drawn on a US bank)
  • All hotel rates are in US dollars.  Because the exchange rate changes everyday, we encourage International participants to make their deposits with a Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, and/or American Express).
  • Failure to check into your hotel on the scheduled date of your arrival will result in the cancellation of your reservation and a charge equal to one night’s room and tax to the credit card used to guarantee your reservation.
  • All changes and/or cancelations prior to June 10 must be made through the OnPeak. Last minute cancels must be made with the hotels at least 7 days prior to the arrival date.
  • OnPeak, will e-mail or mail a registration and housing confirmation. If you do not receive a written confirmation within one week or have any questions, please e-mail or call OnPeak’s Customer Service Center at  ala@onpeak.com



Letter of invitation - You will receive an invitation upon registering for the conference. If you need a letter of invitation before you register for the conference, please fill out the Request for Invitation Letter form or send a request to the International Relations Office at intl@ala.org. Please include your full employment information and mailing address. The official ALA letter of invitation is to be used to facilitate the processing of any visas or documents needed for you to attend the conference. ALA, however, is unable to provide financial support for your participation.

Travel Visa requirements - Attendees who require an entry visa to visit the United States must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to determine the appropriate timing of visa applications. Apply early!

Conference locationThe majority of the conference will take place in the McCormick Place, Chicago, but there are also some sessions at various hotels, depending on the unit sponsoring them. Detailed location information for sessions will be available when the Scheduler opens.

Ribbon-cutting and exhibits opening receptionThe 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. 

ALA Preliminary Program---The programs and sessions that you'll find here are preliminary listings. More programs, sessions, and details will be added throughout the spring, descriptions will be updated, and by the time everything is finalized, you'll have more than 2,000 programs, sessions, events, and other opportunities to choose among.



  • IRRT Preconference - "Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals with International Open Access Initiatives" -Are you interested in supporting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?  As librarians, we are already invested in education, social justice, and information access issues.  In this pre-conference we’ll be looking at the intersection between the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ways that Open Access (OA) efforts can be used to further those goals.  We’ll hear from experts in both fields about where the SDG and OA movements stand and engage with a panel who are already implementing OA plans in the name of greater accessibility for all.  There will also be time to exchange our own ideas and experiences related to OA and the SDGs. Register today


Resources for first timers and other frequently asked questions...


List of countries represented at ALA Annual - Available in May



ALA’s hometown of Chicago is looking forward once again to hosting the largest library conference of the year in June 2017. No other event in the world offers a better opportunity to learn about current issues and trends in library and information science and technology than the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper and deep-dish pizza and made famous by Michael Jordan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and President Barack Obama, offers up its best in the summertime. Great museums, music, shopping, food, and outdoor activities can be found along the shores of Lake Michigan. In your free time, take advantage of the parks, free outdoor concerts, Navy Pier with its stunning Ferris wheel overlooking the lake, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and world-class architecture (boat and walking tours are highly recommended). Enjoy a wide range of shopping options along the famous Magnificent Mile and restaurants and cuisines ranging from popular hot dog and burger pizza joints to Michelin-starred spots.



For more information regarding special events, tours, restaurants, museums, public transportation, and much more, visit:

Chicago Tourism site (opens in a new window)

Chicago attractions (opens in a new window)

Map of Chicago (PDF file)


For additional information about the ALA 2017 Annual Conference, please return to the main conference page: http://2017.alaannual.org/




International Librarians Reception pictures


For More Information Contact:

International Relations Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
Telephone: +1 312 280 3201
Fax: +1 312 280 4392
E-mail: intl@ala.org

Visit our web site at:  http://www.ala.org

(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)


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