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Please join us at the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference | June 26 - July 1, 2014

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

In hundreds of programs at ALA Annual Conference, you’ll learn about key issues such as digital content and e-books, new technologies in libraries, innovation, leadership, library advocacy and promotion, intellectual freedom, cataloging and technical services(including the new global standard RDA: Resource Description and Access), virtual libraries and archives, civic engagement, books and authors, and much more.


The most exciting library event in the world, and the best opportunity for you to:

  • Be part of the global transformation of libraries
  • Build and share your knowledge
  • Engage in the latest trends and issues
  • Meet and network with other library professionals
  • Discover new technology and innovations
  • See and try out new and favorite products and services in the exhibits


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


Especially for international visitors

Orientation—A special introduction to ALA, the conference, and the city of Las Vegas. 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 20. A letter of confirmation will be sent by email once your full payment has been received. Make sure to print a copy of your your registration confirmation and bring it with you for your records. 


  • IRRT's Preconference Registration Form (PDF) coming soon



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://www.alaannual.org  go to Travel and Hotels.

Fax or mail: Please go to the link above and print out the 2014 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 CompuSystems
                        PO Box 6271
                        Broadview, IL 60155-6271



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 708-486-0706 or alaregistration@compusystems.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 sen 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.

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 US embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of visa applications.

Conference locationThe majority of the conference will take place in the Las Vegas Convention Center, 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. The full program and Scheduler will be available in late April.


  • IRRT Preconference - "Training the Trainer: Keeping up and staying ahead of new trends, standards, services and technologies-IRRT Preconference" - Come and hear how librarians around the world address professional development and continuing education initiatives and strategies conducted by librarians for their coworkers, organizations or the profession at large. Register today! 


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

List of countries represented at ALA Annual - Available in May




Las Vegas looks forward to hosting the largest library conference in the world. From its earliest days as a Native American oasis, to the Wild West, to becoming today's glittering global tourism destination, Las Vegas is a popular conference site. Often called “the entertainment capital of the world” and now also known for its dynamic multicultural lifestyle, delicious  restaurants, theatrical shows, art galleries, gaming, nightlife, outdoor activities including golf, adventurous options like zip-lining and roller-coaster rides, wildlife (flamingoes to sharks!), shopping, scenic day trips in the area, and other general attractions, it’s a lively place to visit.

Unique museums include the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (The Mob Museum), the Neon Museum with a collection of classic neon signs from the 1940s to the present, the National Atomic Testing Museum, with one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.  If art is your thing, there’s no shortage in various hotels and fine art galleries featuring original works and masterpieces by celebrated and emerging artists. The theater scene includes a blend of performances by resident companies as well as first-run touring attractions, with highly acclaimed Broadway musicals such as "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages." Many performances on the Las Vegas Strip are among the best and most innovative in the world, including the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.

As an international visitor, enjoy the cultural diversity along the world-famous Strip, with attractions representing the far corners of the globe—from the deserts of Egypt to Monte Carlo, from Paris to Venice, from the wonders of the South Seas to the skyline of New York City. Diversity is also reflected in the rich history of Southern Nevada and its residents, the first of whom were Native Americans.

As you can see, there’s the wealth of things to do at ALA Annual Conference plus all that Las Vegas offers! Mark your calendars to join us June 26-July 1, 2014 so you don’t miss the opportunity to build your knowledge and network, discuss trends and new information, and join nearly 25,000 librarians, educators, publishers, and library vendors at the same time as you enjoy this vibrant city. 



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

Las Vegas Tourism site (opens in a new window)

Las Vegas attractions (opens in a new window)

Map of Las Vegas (PDF file)


For additional information about the ALA 2014 Annual Conference, please visit the main conference page: http://ala14.ala.org/




2003 International Librarians Reception-Pictures

2004 International Librarians Reception-Pictures

2007 International Librarians Reception-Pictures

2007 International Librarians Reception-VIDEO
(by American Libraries Magazine)

2007 Poster Session pictures - (opens in new window-Flickr)


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.)