Tabletop Rules and Regulations


New publications and technologies often are introduced to the library market by smaller start-up companies. In order to give these companies access to the vital market they seek, CLA has designated a special display option for these companies. If your organization is developing new products and services, this is a low-cost opportunity to introduce yourself to the library market.

What It Includes

These exhibitors are supplied many standard benefits as in other areas of the exhibition, but are limited in the method in which they may utilize their display space.

The fee includes:

  • One six-foot skirted (in official show colors) display table.
  • One side chair.
  • Carpet (show colors)
  • Back drape with a standard booth identification sign
  • A standard listing in the Online Program
  • Exhibitor Badges for access to the exhibit floor

Other furnishings (limited to signage, chairs, wastebaskets, electrical) may be ordered, at an additional charge, from the general contractor. Additional tables may not be brought in or ordered.


Definition: Exhibit consisting of a tabletop display of products.

If a violation is identified and not brought in compliance, the exhibitor may be removed from the exhibit hall without refund.

A PDF file of these rules can be found at this link.


Tabletop exhibitors may place a sign or vertical exhibit(s) on their table as long as they fit in the 6’0” x 2’0” (1.83m x .61m) table area and do not exceed 3’0” (.91m) from the tabletop.

Table exhibitors may hang signage or banners from the back drape support to promote company identity or products. This area is limited to a space 6’0” wide x 4’0” high (1.83m x 122m), extending down from the top of the back drape line.

No exhibit or sign may interfere with, obscure, or block the view of another exhibit. No table exhibitor may construct a back wall or any equipment or display materials other than on the table provided. No product, video equipment or display materials may be placed on the floor.

Exhibitors may only apply for and utilize one table display unit.

Intent: Other tabletop exhibits are entitled to a reasonable sight line. Displays are limited to the tabletop due to the nature and intent of the Tabletop Exhibit Space.


Signage: limited to 1 sign or banner from the back drape (limited to 4’ x 6’) OR 1 pop-up standing sign (limited to 2' x 6').

Examples of acceptable back drape sign (sign limited to 4’ x 6’)


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Example of pop-up standing sign (limited to 1 - limited to 2' x 6')


signage 3
Signs & Products on tables: Maximum height of 3’ permitted. Do not exceed length of table with signs/products.


Only 1 standing sign is allowed in Tabletop exhibits.


Display racks or shelves sitting on the floor are not permitted. Additional tables may not be brought in or ordered.

If a violation is identified and not brought in compliance, the exhibitor may be removed from the exhibit hall without refund.