Local Library Tours

These Denver Public Library locations are generously offering both guided and self-guided tours during the conference! Thanks to the PLA 2016 Local Arrangements Subcommittee and the library staff for arranging these tours. And each library is within 15–20 minutes of the Colorado Convention Center via public transit.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Welcome to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library. Omar D. Blair and Elvin R. Caldwell are the two shared namesakes of the Blair-Caldwell Library. Located in the historic neighborhood of Five Points and the only library of its kind between Detroit and Oakland, it focuses on the history, culture, literature, art, music, religion and politics of African Americans in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. The museum highlights the historic Five Points neighborhood, African Americans in early Denver (including the city’s earliest arrivals), the Black West, and the African American leadership corridor and gallery. A rotating art gallery featuring local artists and traveling exhibits also share space with the museum.

Self-guided tours are available during regular business hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00–8:00 PM; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM; Saturdays, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Blair Guided Tours will be offered:
Monday, April 4, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 6, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Friday, April 8, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Please sign-up for a guided tour in advance at http://goo.gl/forms/okVsu7yZEi.

Denver Public Library – Central Library

Denver’s Central Library is the largest library between Los Angeles and Chicago, and each year over a million people visit to view the Michael Graves building, see the unique departments, and look at the art and sculpture exhibited in the building. The PLA Lounge, where attendees visiting the library can hang out and chat with each other and library staff, will be inside the west side entrance of the Central Library and open during regular business hours.

Self-guided tours are available during regular business hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 AM–8:00 PM; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM; Saturdays, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Central Guided Tours will be offered:
Monday, April 4, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 6, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 7, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
No guided tours on Friday, April 8, or Saturday, April 9

Please sign-up for a guided tour in advance at https://www.denverlibrary.org/general-tour.

The ideaLAB on the 4th floor will host an open time 12:00–1:00 PM on Monday–Thursday and Saturday, but not on Friday. There is no need to sign up for the ideaLAB during these open times.

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library

“One of the primary goals of the project is to celebrate the diverse and culturally rich community of West Denver,” said architect Joseph Montalbano. “To emphasize the spirit of this diversity, the building façade is highlighted by a series of brightly colored horizontal ‘threads.’ Each thread is a symbol for the unique members of the community. In this way, the building exterior showcases the transformational power of the neighborhood.”

Self-guided tours are available during regular business hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:00–8:00 PM; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM; and Saturdays, 9:00 AM–5:0 PM

Gonzales Guided Tours will be offered:
Friday, April 8, 11:00 AM
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 PM

The Gonzales Branch doesn’t have a current tour sign-up sheet, but attendees can e-mail senior librarian Edmund Ye Kiang at ekiang@denverlibrary.org to set-up a guided tour.

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Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 26, 2016, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 25, 2016. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours.

The PLA 2016 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.


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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.


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

Conference Logo

The custom logos of the PLA 2016 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.


Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.


No carrying of firearms allowed in the Colorado Convention Center unless you’re on-duty law enforcement or off-duty and on payroll of the show or SMG (convention center management).


The official conference hashtag is #PLA2016.


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


ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. To join, renew, rejoin, or add to your membership, fill out a secure form online; or 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.

Mobile App

Attendees can access full event schedule, evaluate sessions, customize their own agenda, and compete in the Extraordinary Exhibits photo challenge game on the PLA 2016 mobile app. To request assistance with the mobile app, please e-mail pla2016app@ala.org.

PLA Office

The PLA Office is located in A Mezzanine in the Colorado Convention Center. You can access the A Mezzanine from any of the lobbies using Elevator A, across from registration, and press the MZ button to get to the Mezzanine. You can also access A Mezzanine from Exhibit Hall A using Stairwell 30. The office phone numbers are 303-228-8450 and 303-228-8451. Onsite office hours are Monday, April 4–Friday, April 8, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM; Saturday, April 9, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM.

Registration & Housing

Onsite registration hours are Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 AM–5:00 PM; Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 AM–6:30 PM; Thursday, April 7, 7:30 AM–5:30 PM; Friday, April 8, 7:30 AM–4:00 PM; and Saturday, April 9, 8:00–10:00 AM. Conference registration and housing is managed by Experient. Call or e-mail your questions, 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada), 847-996-5829 (all other countries), or pla@experient-inc.com. Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Eastern. PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.


Contact Corcoran Expositions, Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650, mary@corcexpo.com; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655, matt@corcexpo.com.

Thank you PLA Conference Sponsors!


Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC), 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Additional events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202, 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.