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Housing & Travel

ACRL is pleased to offer discounted group rates at participating hotels for all registered attendees. The majority of ACRL events will take place in the Oregon Convention Center which is easily accessible by the MAX light rail. All registered convention attendees will receive a light rail pass for the duration of the conference. All ACRL hotels are within a few short blocks of the MAX. See how convenient the hotel locations are on the ACRL 2015 Hotel Map.


The Heathman $185
Residence Inn by Marriott, Pearl District $179
Marriott Portland City Center $175
Hotel Modera $175
DoubleTree Convention Center (Co-headquarters)
Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center $165
Crowne Plaza Convention Center
The Benson Hotel                                   
Courtyard by Marriott City Center
The Paramount Hotel
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Marriott Downtown Waterfront

How to Reserve a Hotel Room

These special discounted hotel rates are currently available when you register for the conference.  Submit your ACRL 2015 registration via the  online registration form or ACRL 2015 Registration Form (PDF file).  Housing questions should be directed to or call 866-229-2386 or 301-694-5243. 

Air Travel

Book your travel early to secure preferred flights and seating. Special meeting fare discounts are offered exlusively to attendees and guests. Gant Travel Management will serve as the official travel coordinator for ACRL 2015.  Gant provides custom itineraries with the lowest applicable air fares and best journey time.  Special meeting fare discounts are available on United Airlines. Discounts apply to U.S. point of sale.  Applicable restrictions may apply.

Gant Travel Desk toll-free 877-786-0957 (outside the U.S. 224-205-7189)         
Travel Desk Email:
The travel desk is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.  A $25 service fee applies.

Or you may contact United  Reference Offer Code: ZT98231834. Terms and conditions may apply.

Ground Transportation to/from the Airport

Travelers have named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States four out of the last five years in the Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards. The airport is located nine miles north of downtown Portland and is conveniently connected to the city center via MAX light rail train.

The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. The trip takes about 35 minutes to downtown Portland and an adult ticket costs $2.50. The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator).

The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 plus gratuity. The one-way trip takes 20–30 minutes.

The Downtown Airport Express runs every 30 minutes and costs $14 one-way and $24 round-trip to downtown and Lloyd Center/Convention Center hotels.

Avis is also offering discounted car rentals for ACRL 2015.

Getting Around Portland

Portland is divided by the Willamette River, which runs south-north, and Burnside Street, which runs east-west, into quadrants: southwest, northwest, southeast, and northeast. A fifth region, North Portland, is bounded roughly by the Willamette and Columbia rivers and Williams Avenue.  "Central City" is often used to describe downtown, Old Town/Chinatown, the Pearl District, the central east side, and the area around the Convention Center—basically, the neighborhoods surrounding the intersection of Burnside and the Willamette River, on both sides of the river.  In Portland, the trains, streetcars, and buses are simple to use, making it easy to traverse the city.

MAX Light Rail: At the heart of Portland's world-class public transportation system is MAX light rail, with 84 stations serving four lines, connecting the city, airport, and region.

Portland Streetcar: You can easily travel between the cultural attractions of downtown, the galleries and restaurants of the Pearl District and the boutiques of Northwest Portland—all on the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar.

Transit Mall: In downtown, buses, trains, cars, and bikes all share the road on the Portland Transit Mall. Encompassing two one-way streets (Fifth Avenue running south and Sixth Avenue running north), the mall is where you can catch MAX Green and Yellow line trains, as well as more than 20 bus lines serving the metro area.

TriMet Buses: On the TriMet bus system, which covers the city and its suburbs thoroughly, you'll find low fares, friendly drivers, and full wheelchair accessibility. And since most buses are now equipped with bike racks, mass transit is more user-friendly for the cycling set.

Bike Rental and Tours: Portland has 315 miles of bikeways and the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters.  Rent a bike or bring your own and enjoy Portland on two wheels.

Parking at the Convention Center

Parking is available at the Oregon Convention Center. Please see parking map. Hourly rates available Monday-Sunday: 

$5   15 minutes – 1 hour

$6   1-2 hours
$7   2-3 hours
$8   3-4 hours
$10   4-18 hours (over 18 incurs additional $2/hour charge i.e. overnight)