LIBER 2023

LIBER 2023

Books, Paper, Printing, Graphic Design
Madrid, Spain
04-06 Oct 2023
Fira de Barcelona
1 year
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One of Europe's most influential book and literature fairs

Update for the Event

LIBER 2023 will take place as a live event between 04.10.2023 and 06.10.2023. The International book fair will take place at the IFEMA Madrid. The venue will not have stringent COVID-19 prevention measures put in place. This is because of the removal of the country's domestic restrictions. Spain does not have travel limitations in place for the time-being.


LIBER Madrid is one of the most influential trade fairs for books and literature in Europe and also the biggest book fair targeting the Spanish book market. The international trade fair was first held in 1982 and since then has become a major hub for publishing houses to meet, form trends and build bridges between different regions and countries. LIBER Madrid has always been associated with a boom in promotion and sales numbers within the book industry after its run, and is where new authors are amplified to better visibility. The scope of the trade fair extends to all manners of print media. This spans books, comics, games, and leisure. This also applies to the subject range – dictionaries, applied sciences, encyclopedias, children’s literature, architecture, academics, fiction, fine arts, education, history, maps, geography, and even books with augmented reality. It’s not a market you want to miss out on.


LIBER Madrid is one of two sister events, which fly under the brand of LIBER. The trade fair is an annual event, which takes place in October, but is split between two locations – Madrid (which falls on odd years) and Barcelona (which falls on even years). Respectively, the two fairs are put together by IFEMA Feria de Madrid and Fira de Barcelona, which are also the hosting venues. Each edition runs for a total of three days and is open to trade visitors. The Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds (FGEE) is the major promoter for the event. The opening hours are from 10:00 am until 19:00 pm all three days. Now onto the subject of getting to the exhibition grounds. The fastest way to get to IFEMA Feria de Madrid is the metro (line 8), but there are also four bus lines, which service the exhibition grounds – 73, 112, 122 and 828.

What You Can Expect as an Exhibitor

  • Each year LIBER Madrid has a special Guest of Honour country that helps shape up the programming and makeup of the trade fair. In 2019, this honour was bestowed upon the Emirate of Sharjah – one of the United Arab Emirates;
  • LIBER Madrid has always been a major meeting point for supply to meet demand and it hosts not one, but two B2B MATCH programs, which aim to introduce you to potential new business partners and help you grow your professional network within the Spanish book sector;
  • A collaboration between the ICEX and the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in Miami will make it possible for the trade fair to host the United States Librarians Mission, which is one of the major pillars of the program.

Audience & Statistics

LIBER Madrid is full of economic potential for exhibitors. All you have to do is look at the data, which is very convincing. Last edition registered 458 companies, which participated as exhibitors, and 11,200 professional visitors, who all looked to inform themselves on the market and a great deal also make acquisitions. Germany, Argentina, Belgium, China, Spain, the U.S, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Bolivia, Cyprus, Cuba, Morocco and the UAE are countries that have sent exhibitors to the trade fair in the past. The professional background of the audience is also varied as there are librarians, publishing agents, university professors, editors, authors, translators and illustrators, rights holders, publishing house owners and book sellers.


Trade Fair Trips ltd services exhibitors the world over and offers hotel accommodation for trade shows in all major cities around the world. Make your online hotel booking for LIBER Madrid as early as today to benefit from the most recent offers and discounts in Madrid, Spain. We work with budgets of all sizes and minimize your travel expenses significantly. You give us specifications and we send you a list of the top hotel deals near IFEMA Feria de Madrid. It’s important for us for you to have an optimal experience at LIBER Madrid, so we select venues with good connections to public transport. Once you’ve booked your rooms, it’s time to think logistics. Do you need to reserve a meeting room in advance? What about installing your exhibition booth? Trade Fair Trips ltd can take care of both at a fair price.

Past Editions


The 39th rendition of LIBER included 8,360 trade visitors. This showed the significance of face-to-face meetings. The in-person event took place between 13.10.2021 and 15.10.2021 at IFEMA Madrid. The expo included strict COVID-19 security measures, including participants showing valid health certificates.


The 40th edition of LIBER was hosted in a face-to-face format between 05.10.2022 and 07.10.2022 in Fira Barcelona. The venue did not feature coronavirus safety precautions due to the country lifting its domestic pandemic-related restrictions. Over 130 speakers, 8,500 visitors from approximately 60 countries and around 300 exhibitors attended the event. The visitor group included 450 key buyers as well as foreign representatives who constituted for 40% of the group.

On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Madrid Airport

Not advisable when travelling from Madrid Atocha Station

By car
By car:

15 minutes when travelling from Madrid Airport

20 minutes when travelling from Madrid Atocha Station

By public transport
By public transport:

20 minutes when travelling from Madrid Airport

40 minutes when travelling from Madrid Atocha Station


Hotels near LIBER

Hotel Stars Distance to fair City Price
Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center 8.65 Madrid on request Request
Espahotel Gran Via 10.7 Madrid on request Request
Exe Moncloa 10.3 Madrid on request Request
Hotel Trafalgar 8.9 Madrid on request Request
Occidental Madrid Este 4.6 Madrid on request Request
Sterling 10.4 Madrid on request Request
Travelodge Torrelaguna 5.3 Madrid on request Request
LIBER International Book Fair 2023 Madrid NH Collection Madrid Paseo del Prado 10 Madrid on request Request
LIBER International Book Fair 2023 Madrid SHS Hotel Aeropuerto 8.8 Madrid on request Request
NYX Madrid 7.9 Madrid on request Request

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