Local Arrangements and Information

Updated: April 17, 2019 8:30 PM (UTC)

The Local Arrangements Committee welcomes you to Phoenix, Arizona!


Welcome to the Grand Canyon State and the Sonoran Desert! Phoenix and the Phoenix Metro Area offers you a unique experience and environment for your conference and for exploration!


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Valley Metro

If you're arriving by plane, you'll likely fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is only 10-15 minutes away from the conference hotel. The Sheraton Grand Phoenix sits in downtown Phoenix and, while they do not offer shuttle service to and from the airport, you have multiple options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.


Super Shuttle Discount!

Super Shuttle is offering discounted rates for IUG attendees! Get 10% off your ride to and from the airport by using the group booking link below! This discount code is good from May 2 to May 12, 2019. You can book online or by calling 1-800-BLUE-VAN (1-800-258-3826). Be aware, phone reservations may incur a $3.00 booking fee.

Your Super Shuttle discount code is HPRK6.


Group Booking Link: https://www.supershuttle.com/?GC=HPRK6



Sheraton Parking Rates:


Self-Parking: $22 per day
Valet Parking: $32 per day


Public Transit


Light rail service is available from the airport to 3rd Street and Washington. From there it's a 5 - 10 minute walk from the train station to the hotel.



An image of the sun

Be Weather Aware!


Phoenix can be hot during early May. In 2018, temperatures rose to over 100 F (38 C) by May 5th. If you're not used to the hot, dry desert weather, make sure you pack accordingly. Sunburn and heat exhaustion can put a serious damper on your conference, so check the weather before you travel!


Additionally, indoor venues tend to compensate for the heat by cranking up the air conditioning. So indoor conference rooms can be chilly while the sun beats down on the sidewalks outside. Be aware that you may experience a radical temperature shift when you walk outside.

Ideas for packing

You may want to bring:


  • Sunscreen lotion
  • A hat with a wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • A water bottle


Keep yourself hydrated, especially if you're going to enjoy the beautiful Phoenix outdoors!



Restaurants & Pubs


Downtown Phoenix is home to dozens of unique and excellent restaurants, pubs, and microbreweries! There are several choices to be had near the hotel. Or, if you're willing to spend some time in a taxi or ride-share, you can find even more in nearby Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale.



Burton Barr Central Library

Local Libraries


Phoenix is home to the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The Valley of the Sun supports a county wide library system along with several city library systems. The closest library system to the conference is Phoenix Public Library and their fantastic Burton Barr Central Library.


Other Phoenix area public libraries include:



Phoenix area academic libraries:



MCLD maintains a more complete list of Arizona libraries.



Valley Metro image - Valley Metro
Decorative sun - Ivak - Openclipart
Cutlery - oksmith - Openclipart
Burton Barr Central Library image - Cygnusloop99 - Wikimedia Commons