Librarians and library staff are welcome to register for the 7th annual Sharjah International Library Conference, November 10-12, 2020 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE, during the 39th Sharjah International Book Fair. The American Library Association provides the conference programming and certificates of participation.

There is an option to register for virtual access to the conference programming if you are unable to attend in-person. This only provides access to the content of the main 2-day conference. There is no virtual registration available for the full day workshops.

Getting Ready To Register

Advance registration to be paid by credit card
If you are unable to pay in advance by credit card and would prefer to pay by wire transfer please contact [email protected] for assistance. Individual registrants for virtual access to the conference will need to pay be credit card in advance.

Group Registration
If you are interested in registering a group from your library for the conference please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Do you need a visa to enter UAE?
Before you start to register, make sure you know if you need a visa to enter UAE. You can get information about a UAE visa from your airline or local consulate, and we recommend that you find out about your visa before starting the registration process.

Are you an American Library Association member?
ALA personal and institutional members may register at a discounted rate. If you would like to join ALA to be able to register at the ALA member rate, please contact [email protected].

Do you plan to purchase over $10,000 USD worth of books and other materials at the Book Fair?
If so, you are eligible to receive reimbursement for 3 nights of your hotel stay. One additional staff member is also eligible for reimbursement of 3 nights' hotel for each added purchase of $10,000. Receipts of purchases and of the hotel nights must be provided to receive reimbursements. If you tell us when registering that you expect to qualify, you will be contacted directly for follow up.

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  • What a great conference. It was really inspiring. Memorable experience!
  • Great interaction with librarians from other countries, and quality sessions with brilliant ideas to make our library much more valuable and offer better services.
  • It's a spectacular achievement for SIBF to become partners and I am sure that will help in enhancing librarians’ skills in the Arab countries.
  • It was an opportunity to meet other librarians. Good networking opportunities!
  • The best part was the practices shared by librarians from their [own] libraries.
  • It united all LIBRARIANS together. "The welcoming environment and speaker's in-depth knowledge on the topics."
  • "Everything was good I have got many new things which are very useful in my library, and also I improve my skills as a librarian. I shared the ideas with the teachers as well."
  • "I attended the conference since its inception in 2014 till now and I am always keen to attend the annual conference because it is a specialized scientific demonstration, it brings together librarians from all over the world and we always benefit from it by knowing everything new that happens at any library in the world."
  • "The research presented in the conference was good and varied."
  • "My first great experience at this conference."

Register Now

Register Now

Your registration fee for the full two-day conference includes:

  • Invitation letter after you register
  • Access to all conference programs and other sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Access to poster sessions
  • Access to Librarian's Lounge and library exhibits
  • Access to Sharjah International Book Fair
  • 2 lunches and coffee/tea breaks
  • Access to all session recordings after the conference
  • Conference bag and program book
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • Up to three nights' hotel reimbursed if you spend more than $10,000 USD on materials for your library at the Book Fair