Travel and Accomodations

Hotels

A limited number of blocked rooms have been set up for attendees at two Ann Arbor hotels/residences within easy walking distance of the conference venue, the Hatcher Graduate Library.

For a basic but comfortable experience, a block of rooms is also available at the North Quad student accommodations for $57.50 per night. These are single rooms with semi-private bathrooms.  Semi-private means 3 single rooms share a bathroom. For reservations use the Group Lodging at North Quadrangle web page and click on the “IFLA Library Publishing Conference 2016” link under the “Online Room Reservations” heading.

Guests staying in North Quad can check into their rooms at 3:00 pm on their date of arrival. They must check-out by noon when they depart.
Amenities within the building include:
  • Wi-Fi
  • Computing Centers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Vending Machines
There is a person on duty at the front desk until midnight. After midnight, a phone is at the desk with the number for the manager on duty. The Manager will check people in or assist with anyone who may have misplaced keys, etc. between midnight and 7:00 am.
For participants wanting a full-service hotel experience, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Bell Tower Hotel, a short walk away from the University of Michigan Campus, at $177 per night for one person or $199 for two people sharing a room. For reservations, call 800.562.3559 or+1 734.769.3010 and reference promo code 300038 or search availability using the online reservation system (entering the same promo code). Guests may cancel individual reservations 24 hours prior to arrival without a charge.

There are many other options for accomodation in Ann Arbor. Visit Ann Arbor’s website has more information.

Travel

Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) is only 20 miles from Ann Arbor, about a 45 minute drive (at the most). AirRide is available for transportation between the airport and Ann Arbor. This shuttle runs 12 times during the day. The Ann Arbor stop is a 10-15 minute walk from the conference accommodations. A one way ticket on AirRide is $15; however, if a reservation is made in advance the fare is reduced to $12. The Ann Arbor Convention Visitor’s Bureau maintains a listing of other airport shuttle options.

A taxi from DTW to the conference accommodations will run about $60-$65. More information is available on the DTW website.

Parking

For guests of the Bell Tower Hotel, complimentary valet parking is available. Otherwise, parking can be a challenge in downtown Ann Arbor:

  • There are numerous paid parking structures in the downtown area, some of which offer a flat overnight fee. The best bet is probably the Liberty Square garage (510 E. Washington St.), which is about a five-minute walk from the accommodations.
  • Metered street parking is available all over town and frequently much closer to campus than the parking structures, but spaces are limited.  Be sure to check signs and meters for time limits on parking.
  • If you are feeling frugal and adventurous, you may park for free overnight in the Ann Arbor South State Street Commuter lot, and catch the northbound AATA Route 62 bus to campus. This is about a 10-minute ride. Disembark at the Central Campus Transit Center and walk to the Bell Tower Inn or North Quad. Fare is $1.50 per person each way. Change is only given as a credit for future rides, so exact change is a good idea.
  • Check out this page for more general information about parking and transportation in Ann Arbor.

Map

This map provides an overview of the U-M Central Campus, locations for conference events, and other landmarks of interest.