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Getting to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is at the center of it all! Easy and affordable to get there, Philadelphia is only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C.

  • By Plane: There are more than 1,200 daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Once you arrive, it’s a 25-minute ride by SEPTA mass transit or a 10-minute ride in a taxi to cover the eight miles from PHL to Center City.

    Fly on United Airlines, the official PLA 2018 airline, and save from 2% up to 10% on select fares on United and its partner airlines.*

    • Book online at UNITED.COM and enter offer code ZYZX567348
    • Or contact Gant Travel, official travel office for PLA 2018, by phone at 877-786-0957 or 224-205-7189, or by e-mail at ala@ganttravel.com, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM Central

    *United offers discounts from 2% up to 10% off applicable fares. Discounts apply on United Airlines and flights operated by United or other airlines branded United Express, Lufthansa, and All Nippon Airways. Applicable restrictions and service fees apply.

  • By Train: Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.

  • By Bus: Those who prefer someone else to do the driving can hop on Greyhound, Megabus, or BoltBus. Bus service to and from Philadelphia is excellent, with daily arrivals from all parts of the country.

  • By Car: Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit or purchase a reloadable Smart Card. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.

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Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.


Accessibility

PLA has put in place features to ensure the conference is accessible to all.

Appropriate Conduct

All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events.

Attire

There is no formal dress code at the PLA Conference. What’s most important is to dress for comfort.

Canvassing

Canvassing of PLA Conference attendees during programs and at the conference venue (outside of the areas approved by PLA for exhibitors) is strictly prohibited. If this activity is encountered, violators will be directed to cease immediately. PLA provides many opportunities for representatives from for-profit and non-profit organizations to make conference attendees aware of their services and products. These include: exhibiting, advertising, sponsoring, and as approved by PLA, program planning. For information on participating in PLA Conferences and professional development events, contact the PLA office at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Conference Logo

The custom logos of the PLA 2018 Conference are the property of PLA. Anyone wishing to use the logos in their communications and promotional materials must: 1) Seek permission from PLA; and 2) Submit communication/artwork incorporating the logo to PLA for final approval. The logo may not be modified and must be reproduced in its entirety (i.e., no outlines, cropping). To request the use of the logo, companies should contact Carly DiVito at Corcoran Expositions at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com; all others should contact PLA at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Exhibits

Interested in exhibiting at PLA 2018? Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.

Hashtag

The official conference hashtag is #PLA2018.

Media

Contact Heather Cho, ALA Media Relations & Campaign Specialist, 312-280-4020 or hcho@ala.org. Please review our conference media policy.

Membership

ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at customerservice@ala.org or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in the PLA 2018 Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PLA’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Sponsorships

To discuss PLA 2018 sponsorship opportunities, contact Corcoran Expositions, Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655, matt@corcexpo.com.

Registration & Housing

Problems or questions regarding registration or housing? Contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.

Venues

Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Additional events will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, and other venues as indicated.

Other Questions

Contact PLA, 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org; or find someone to help in the PLA Staff directory.


PLA 2016 Archive

Looking for handouts and other information from the PLA 2016 Conference, which took place April 5–9, 2016 in Denver, Colo.? The PLA 2016 Conference website has been archived at http://2016.placonference.org.