Conference location and information
This seventh OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference takes place in the beautiful city of Melbourne, at RMIT University.
Located in the centre of the city, RMIT University, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building) is easily accessible and within walking distance of the main train station, tram stops and a range of hotels. The Swanston Academic Building (SAB) is one of the newest and most iconic buildings of RMIT University and houses the College of Business. SAB was designed by Lyons Architects. Construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2012. The building incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable features resulting in it achieving a Green Building Council of Australia 5-star Green Star Education Design rating.
Conference dinner location
The conference dinner will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria, which is also conveniently located in Melbourne's city centre. The Great Hall is a large capacity function area famous for its stunning stained glass ceiling by Leonard French. The perfect backdrop for a memorable Conference dinner.
The Asia Pacific Regional Council have partnered with a number of hotels to provide delegates with special rates for the entire week. Book now before the 30 October to secure the delegate rate.
Each of the hotels are central to all that Melbourne has on offer, from boutiques and cafes in hidden laneways to internationally acclaimed restaurants and bars. Located opposite Melbourne’s historic Flagstaff Gardens, next to the Queen Victoria Market and with easy access to RMIT and the OCLC Office, exploring Melbourne is made easy.
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens is a 4.5 star full service hotel, featuring HQ’s on William Restaurant and Bar for all day dining, a rooftop fitness centre and spa, 24-hour reception and concierge services, free high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel and a fully equipped business centre for guests to use during their stay.
With the commitment of superior service backed by a 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee, Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens provides the perfect base when attending the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council 2015 Membership Conference.
Oaks on William
Exuding contemporary Melbourne style and charm, this brand new 4.5 star Oaks on William includes over 250 superbly appointed serviced apartments – comprising studios, studio park view and studio park deluxe and 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments – all boasting modern amenities and chic furnishings. Each studio has been designed to include full kitchens, air-conditioning, profusion of modern appliances and private balconies – some with enviable views over the skyline, famed laneways and manicured lawns of Flagstaff Gardens. The hotel lobby features a collection of bespoke artworks by a handful of renowned Australian artists and designers for guests to appreciate, adding an element of distinct sophistication. Delegates need to visit the Oaks website and in the Group/Promo Code section enter: OCLC
Pegasus Apart’Hotel is a full service, 4 star hotel featuring one of Melbourne’s largest hotel indoor pools, spa, gymnasium, restaurant, bar/café, event space on-site car park and a self-serve laundry. Wi-Fi is complimentary for all guests throughout the hotel; this is an unlimited service keeping you connected during your stay. Executives can make the most of work, rest and play in our SoHo suites. Featuring a bedroom with a Queen size bed, a full size office and an intimate living space – perfect for the professional traveller needing a home away from home! The kitchenette in SoHo suites also feature a pod espresso coffee machine. Executive floors feature a photo collection of Melbourne’s architectural, historical and cultural points of interest. Delegates need to visit the Pegasus website and in the Promotional Code section enter: OCLC
Most visitors base themselves in the city centre, the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne that's also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne's grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus, taxi or bike.
myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It's a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at ptv.vic.gov.au, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
For flexible travel, buy a myki Visitor Pack from Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station (corner Swanston and Little Collins streets), SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.
Free Tram Zone
Travel within the central area of Melbourne by tram is free, though you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area. For more information on the area covered by the Free Tram Zone and a downloadable map, go to the ptv.vic.gov.au.
If you require a car service please contact APRC_Conference@oclc.org.
Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne. The airport is approximately 22 kilometres from the city. The SkyBus shuttle operates Melbourne Airport to City non-stop with an average trip time of 20 minutes. Operating 24 hours, seven days a week, including all public holidays leaving every ten minutes during the day. SkyBus is approximately a third of the cost of a taxi to and from the airport and city.
Visas to visit Australia
Whether you are visiting Australia for less than 72 hours or planning on a stay of several years you must have a valid Australian visa.
A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.
Information on visas to Australia can be found at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Registration for the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference is now open
Tuesday, 1 December
Wednesday, 2 December
- OCLC Research Library Partnership Meeting (open to ORLP members)
- VUGANZ AGM and Meeting, VDX User Group
- OCLC Interloan user group meeting
- WorldShare Management Services User Group Meeting
- Melbourne Library Tours
Thursday, 3 December
- Conference Day One
- Conference Dinner
Friday, 4 December
- Conference Day Two