ALA Midwinter Meeting attendance figures best in three years

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/04/2014


Steve Zalusky

Manager, Communications

Public Information Office (PIO)

CHICAGO More than 12,000 people passed through the doors of the Philadelphia Convention Center for the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

It was the best attended Midwinter Meeting since the 2011 event in San Diego, which drew more than 11,000.

Here are the figures for the past three years, as well as this year.


Midwinter attendance numbers 2011-2014
  San Diego
Paid 6,169 5,681 6,464 6,338
Exhibitor Invited Comp 1,376 1,454 1,373 2,069
Total attendees 7,545 7,135 7,837 8,407
Exhibitors 3,598 2,981 3,144 3,800
Total 11,143 10,116 10,981 12,207


The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 1,800 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here . . .” More than 450 exhibiting companies feature the latest in books, digital products including online services and software, furniture and other materials and services vital to today’s libraries, librarians, and users.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits had an economic impact of $23.6 million, including the booking of 21,629 hotel “room nights.”

For more information regarding ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits events and speakers visit  For conference coverage highlights please visit the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits daily newspaper Cognotes or American Libraries coverage.