Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference


The conference will take place November 10-12, 2015 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.  Registration will open in the summer, and we’ll send you the link as soon as it’s open.


SIBF 2014

The first Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference was held November 11-13, 2014 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE. The conference was an overwhelming success with 600+ librarians from 20 countries participating. Presentations are now available online.


ALA President Courtney Young

In addition to the conference programs, a poster session (LIST OF PRESENTERS) added value with more best practice and ideas.

poster session 1 poster session 2 poster session 3

Librarians relaxed and networked in the Librarians Lounge. ALA and the Sharjah International Book Fair would like to thank the many sponsors for their generous support and participation.

Library Lounge 1 Library Lounge 2 Library Lounge 3

The second Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference will be held in conjunction with the Book Fair, November 7-17, 2015. Mark your calendar! 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (Last updated 11/12/14, pdf file, 886 KB)


After the conference



The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is one of the largest book fairs in the world, the most prestigious in the Arab world and home to the most exciting literary event in the region. “For the love of the written word” is its inspiration, passion and reason for being. 2014 will be the 33rd SIBF. Under the patronage of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, the 11-day event has become a literary carnival with over 900 publishers participating from 62 countries and attracting over 900,000 visitors, helping elevate the Emirate as the cultural capital of the region.

For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at or +01-312-280-3201.