Check back for information about registration for the 2019 Forum.
Cancellation & refund policies
- Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.
- Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.
- Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
- No-shows will not be refunded conference fees.
The 2018 Forum is hosted by Simon Fraser University.
SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
When arranging your travel, please refer to the schedule at-a-glance on the Program page.
The main airport serving Vancouver is Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
If your time is more flexible than your budget, you may wish to consider flying in to Seattle (SEA) or Bellingham (BLI) airports. Flights to these locations are often significantly cheaper than flights to YVR, and regular bus lines connect to Vancouver. The bus trip from Seattle to Vancouver is about 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and border crossing time. Some discount airlines also fly to Abbotsford International Airport (one hour east of Vancouver), but there is no public transportation to Vancouver (car rentals are available).
Directions to Harbour Centre
Driving from Vancouver International Airport (YVR): From the airport, proceed north along the Arthur Laing Bridge to Granville Street. Head north on Granville Street into downtown Vancouver. After crossing the Granville Street Bridge, take the Seymour Street exit and continue north on Seymour until Hastings. Harbour Centre is located on Hastings Street, between Seymour and Richards.
Limited public parking is available in the Harbour Centre Underground Parkade, 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.
A 600 stall multilevel parkade is located half a block east of Harbour Centre at 450 Cordova Street. The parakade is open Monday to Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to midnight and is closed on Sundays and holidays. Entrance is on Cordova Street.
Further details about parking at Harbour Centre can be found on the SFU Harbour Centre website.
Diamond Parking (entrance on the west side of Seymour Street, just north of Pender) has a $10/day + tax early bird rate. Note: you must arrive before 9am to secure the early bird discount – and the lot is usually full by 10am!
Major public transit lines–the SeaBus, SkyTrain and WestCoast Express–terminate at Waterfront Station, located in the historic CP Rail Station on Cordova Street, opposite Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre. Transit schedules can be found at www.translink.ca. Harbour Centre is also within easy walking distance of all street buses with a terminus in downtown Vancouver. Not sure what bus or train to catch? Use the Translink Trip Planner or the very handy Transit real-time app. Fare for travel within the City of Vancouver is $2.75.
When arranging your accommodations, please refer to the schedule at-a-glance on the Program page. Hotels in Vancouver book up quickly, so please make your travel arrangements as early as possible.
We have a very small block of rooms (50) reserved at the Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites, across the street from Harbour Centre. The conference rate (CA$289 , approximately $218 USD), is available for the nights of May 6th through May 10th, and must be booked by April 9, 2019. We do expect the block to fill up much sooner than that, however, so if you are interested in staying at the Delta at the negotiated rate, please book your room as soon as possible. When the block fills, hotel staff may add additional rooms if they are available, but we can’t guarantee it.
Priced low to high:
- YWCA Hotel Vancouver
733 Beatty Street
Toll free: 1-800-663-1424
Rooms from CA$88.00/night
- Kingston Hotel
757 Richards Street
Toll Free: 1-888-713-3304
Rooms from CA$159.00/night
- The Victorian Hotel
514 Homer St
Toll Free: 1.877.681.6369
Rooms from CA$174.00/night
- Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
180 West Georgia Street
Toll Free: 1-800-SANDMAN
Rooms from CA$243.00/night
- Days Inn Vancouver Downtown
921 West Pender Street
Toll Free: 1-877-681-4335
Rooms from CA$296.00/night
- Ramada Limited Vancouver Downtown
435 West Pender
Rooms from CA$314.00/night
- Ramada Vancouver Downtown
1221 Granville Street
Toll Free: 1-800-903-0796
Rooms from CA$339.00/night
- Executive Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver
567 Hornby Street
Toll Free: 1-877-632-3030
Rooms from CA$414/night
Vancouver has a reputation for being expensive, and it will be further to travel for some Forum attendees than previous years, but you may be surprised by how affordable it is once you’re there – especially for attendees from the United States. The US dollar is valued significantly higher than the Canadian dollar (as of November 2018), so hotels and other services are likely to be cheaper than they appear at first glance for U.S. attendees. Make sure to pay attention to which currency prices are listed in.
There are a number of suggestions for affordable travel and lodging on this page. The Program Committee has also provided a message board Google Doc for attendees who are interested in finding someone to share a room.
The local arrangements team has put together an excellent guide to visiting the Vancouver area. Check it out!
The Library Publishing Coalition is committed to providing an inclusive environment at the Library Publishing Forum, and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. Detailed information is available on the Accessibility F.A.Q.s page.