ALA Annual Conference Press Kit

The 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world's biggest library event, it brings together up to 20,000 librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries and to network.

ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, June 22-27, 2023. American Library Association

As the world's biggest library event, the onsite ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together thousands of librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors. Press passes include access to select events live-streamed through the Digital Experience.

Event highlights include:

  • 700+ top authors and unforgettable speakers
  • More than 550 expert exhibitors, featuring new products, services, and titles
  • Quality and scope of educational programs, topics, and formats
  • News You Can Use sessions with updates on policies, technology, and more
  • Fun and entertaining networking activities and social events

Media Contacts

Raymond Garcia

Contact the ALA Communications and Marketing Office at

Press Registration

Complimentary registration is available to credentialed journalists. Press badge holders are entitled to admission to Press Conferences and Briefings, Press Room, Exhibit Floor, ALA President’s Program, and Open ALA Business Meetings. Attendance at ticketed events — those that require pre-registration and/or a fee to attend, such as receptions or meals — is at the discretion of the sponsor/unit/committee.

Press members interested in registering should fill out a press registration form. To obtain a press badge, journalists must be currently employed by a news publication or organization and provide a letter of assignment on company letterhead. Please see the ALA Conference Media Credential Policy for details.

Please Note: Even if you have qualified for an ALA media badge in the past, you must re-qualify for each subsequent ALA conference.

Press Releases

May 24: American Library Association to host Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27 in Chicago

May 5: ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada to host Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and author Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at the ALA President's Program

April 27: #1 Bestselling author, poet, and advocate Amanda Gorman and award-winning artist Christian Robinson to close ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

April 26: Bestselling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and acclaimed Maysoon Zayid presenting at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

March 16: ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition Preliminary Program showcases education programs, exhibitors, and other conference highlights

March 16: Acclaimed authors Nikki Grimes, Rick Riordan, Mark Oshiro, and award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney announced as featured speakers at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition

Feb 15: American Library Association opens registration for its 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

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