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MLA ’17 Travel Information

Travel to Seattle

Seattle is accessible by air viaWe have partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to our event. Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac). The airport is 14 miles (20–25 minutes) from the Washington State Convention Center.

Air Travel

We have partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to our event. Visit and enter ZXRT692047 in the Offer Code box.

You may also call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122 Mon-Fri 8am - 10pm ET and Sat/Sun 8am - 8pm ET. Booking fees are waived for meeting reservations.

Please note that travel must be completed between May 23 - June 10, 2017 in order to receive the discount.

Ground Transportation to and from the Airport

Taxi, Shuttle, and Rail Service

  • Taxi fare is $45–$50 from Sea-Tac Airport, and the trip will take about 20 minutes.
  • SpeediShuttle Seattle provides shared ride transportation in Mercedes shuttles at a rate of $15.99 one-way, $30.38 round-trip (10% discount on return leg when booked together), between Sea-Tac and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Registrants with prearranged arrival reservations are met in Sea-Tac’s baggage claim area by an agent holding a tablet with the name “MLA ’17,” then directed to their waiting shuttles. Vehicle amenities include complimentary WiFi, Speedi HDTV, seating for up to 11 guests, 6’1” headroom, 3-point seat restraints, adjustable headrests, roomy comfortable seats, and a large cargo area. To reserve your shuttle service, go to
  • The Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel are accessible by light rail from Sea-Tac Airport. Exit Westlake Station. The fare is $2.75, and the travel time is about 35 minutes. For more information, go to

Car Rental

MLA has partnered with Avis to provide rental cars at a discounted rate. If you wish to reserve a car, please call 800.331.1600. Avis representatives can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD# D317028 when you call. Book online at: Avis Discount for Medical Library Association 2017 (

International Visitors

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly will need and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include US citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Learn more at eTA help.


When you arrive, you may be asked about the purpose of your visit. An appropriate response is "to attend a medical library annual meeting.” Keep your meeting registration handy, just in case you are asked for additional verification.

Letters of Invitation

Please contact Mary Langman at to request a letter of invitation to “MLA ’17 Dream. Dare. Do,” May 26–31, 2017, Seattle, Washington for your visa application.

Please indicate whether you are just attending the meeting or are making a presentation (see below).

In your request, include:

    first name (given name)
    last name (surname)
    street address
    city, zip or postal code, and country
    email address

Please indicate which type of letter you are seeking:

    attending (You must be registered for the meeting.)
    making a presentation (You should have received an acceptance email from MLA. You still must register to attend the meeting.)

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and meeting expenses. MLA does not pay for these costs.

We hope to welcome you to “MLA ’17 Dream. Dare. Do.,” May 26–31, 2016, Seattle, Washington. Please email with questions.


Seattle's climate is classified as oceanic or temperate marine, with cool, wet winters and mild, relatively dry summers.

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