Exhibit shipping instructions

The shipping for your exhibit is managed by Craters & Freighters of Chicago. Gordon Paul of Craters & Freighters will contact you to arrange for delivery and pick-up of the exhibit. All shipping costs will be billed to and paid by the ALA Public Programs Office – host sites are not responsible for shipping costs.

Please be sure you have provided ALA with an accurate shipping address – PO boxes are not acceptable. Also, please let us know of any special instructions (i.e. delivery times, parking restrictions, etc.).

Once you receive the exhibit, please complete a Condition report (available in the online site support notebook, under “Logistics”) and return to ALA within 48 hours of receiving the exhibit.

Important exhibit display information: The first day of your exhibit display period is a Wednesday. This is the last day for the shipper to deliver the exhibit to you. Please do not plan programs on Wednesday. You can schedule programs for Thursday evening, but please do not plan programs early on Thursday in case of delivery problems (they are rare, but do happen). Friday openings and programs are the best, but you may open the exhibit whenever it suits your local schedule.

The last date in your exhibition period is a Friday, which should be the closing date for the exhibition (you may close the exhibit earlier if you wish). Sites should have the exhibition dismantled and ready for pick-up on the Monday after the exhibition closes. This does not mean the shipper will always pick up the exhibit on Monday, but the exhibit should be ready to go on Monday morning.

Please contact ALA with any questions about exhibit shipping.