Salt Lake City


Salt Lake City is excited to be hosting school library professionals and the only national conference dedicated to their unique educational needs! The city is ready to make your time outside of the conference feel like an amazing adventure!

Nestled on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking the largest inland lake in the western US, Salt Lake is home to a pioneering past, and an exciting future.

From a top shelf performing arts scene, to award-winning dining, you’ll get a sense of how this Old West town has become a forward-thinking, and burgeoning urban hub.

Visit Salt Lake has curated a website that includes all the things to fill your time – after all the conference learning, of course! The site includes places to dine, things to do, ways to get around, and facts about the city.

Are you looking for an easy way to experience some or all of the coolest things to see and do in and around Salt Lake City? The Connect Pass gets you into 16 of Northern Utah’s most popular attractions, all at huge savings.

Did You Know?

Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.
The Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center was named after Utah’s 11th governor, Calvin L. Rampton.
The Great Salt Lake is so salty, you’ll float! (But we don’t recommend you test this out while at #AASL21!)

AASL Bookstore

Store Hours

Thursday, Oct. 21
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22
7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23
 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Payment & Discounts

Credit and Debit only (no cash)

Take advantage of special pricing and offers in the AASL Bookstore in Salt Lake City!

  • AASL and ALA publications offered at member prices.
  • 10% off list price for trade books from concurrent session authors.
  • 20% off everything on the Graphics Gift Shop from October 21-23!

AASL Author Talks

AASL authors discuss topics connected to implementing the National School Library Standards, building stronger school library leaders and learners, and more collaborative communities.

Get Your School Library Bling at the AASL Bookstore - Including AASL Branded Products & Library-Themed Items

Discover Your Next Great Professional Development Read

AASL offers a rich variety of publications on topics essential to school librarians everywhere.

And Many Other ALA Editions and ALA Graphics Items for School Librarians!





Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, Oct. 21
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Author Signings

Check the AASL21 Mobile App for Author signings in the Authorpalooza and in booths around the floor!

Plan Your Visits Using the Website

Linked under the Exhibits menu, you’ll find an alphabetical list of #AASL21 exhibitors. You can click on the exhibitor name for more details about the company or organization. Information may include a description, website, and social media links.

Also on the Exhibits menu on the AASL21 site, you’ll find a link to a responsive, up-to-date floor plan.

Plan Your Visits Using the Mobile App

The AASL21 Mobile app contains a list of exhibitors by name and by category. To view the listing, tap on the Exhibitors button on the main landing page or click More on the bottom right side of the app; then click exhibitors.

Once in the listing, you can flag exhibitors for later viewing by clicking the bookmark icon. You can also click on the name of the exhibitor and be taken to a page with more information, media, or handouts.


Mobile App

The #AASL21 Mobile App has an in-app Activity Feed and Social Wall allowing attendees to share pictures and thoughts with their peers.

Social Media

Did a presenter share something that resonated with you? Tweet it! Did you see something interesting on the exhibit floor? Snap a pic and post it on Instagram! Whatever you do, make sure to include hashtag #AASL21!

AASL maintains accounts on several social media platforms. Be sure to follow for the latest #AASL21 and AASL news and happenings:



At Conference

The AASL National Conference as a whole is your chance to network with peers, administrators, authors and exhibitors. Below are a few events that will maximize your opportunities to connect.

  • Want to meet some local Utah school librarians, some fellow attendees, and some local authors? Attend Dinner with a Local Librarian on Wednesday night.
  • Learn about how to make the conference awesome and find other “birds of a feather” at the Welcome Home: AASL Welcoming Session. Event sponsored by Infobase.
  • Attend the IdeaLab to “speed learn” and collect best practices and innovative ideas. Then move right into the Conversation Corner and take your time to talk with others about your interests.
  • Join other attendees for Morning Yoga on Friday & Saturday, from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. at the Marriott in Salon GH.
  • To wrap things up, join your colleagues and new friends to celebrate a terrific conference, good friends, and have some fun at the Rock Out Celebration!

AASL National Conference App

The Mobile App Has Everything You Need to Plan, Connect, and Reflect During Conference

Download the Crowd Compass app from the Google Play or Apple App Store or access the online version at Please Note: The name of the app is Crowd Compass by Cvent. AASL National Conference is an event inside this app.

Plan Your Schedule

You can view all sessions and events under the Schedule. Change the tab at top to “All Sessions” and select what you want to attend by tapping the + button (tap again to unselect). After planning your schedule, you can view your selections under the “My Schedule” tab.

Plan Your Exhibit Time

Click on the Exhibitor button on the top menu. You can search by name or category, and bookmark by selecting the bookmark icon.  Select again to remove the bookmark.

Session & Event Options

Click open a session to take notes, set a reminder, add to schedule or share a photo from the presentation. You can also find more information about the session and its presenters.


Under More and then “General Conference Information” you will find an alpha index of additional information for conference.