Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2019 (NIRD19)

Boston University
June 18, 2019
Directions and Accommodations

Conference Location and Accessibility

George Sherman Union at Boston University
Conference Auditorium (2nd floor, Room 228)
George Sherman Union at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 (Map)

The GSU Conference Auditorium is on the second floor of the George Sherman Union (GSU), Room 228, located at the Boston University Charles River Campus at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

Stairs: Upon entering the building through the main doors (underneath four "Class of 20__" flags), you will find a staircase - take the staircase up and take a right once you see the large Metcalf Hall and then take a left entering the large Ziskind Lounge area towards the entrance to the GSU Conference Auditorium.

Elevators may be found on the first floor of the GSU: Upon entering the building through the main doors (underneath four "Class of 20__" flags) take a left into the Union Court (food court) and take a right from Rhett’s (food kiosk) -- against the right side wall will be an elevator to the second floor. Once on the second floor walk straight towards the entrance of the Ziskind Lounge area and continue walking towards the GSU Conference Auditorium.

How to Get Here

Click here to navigate to the GSU via Google Maps.

By T: The George Sherman Union building is conveniently located right next to the MBTA Green Line’s B Branch at the Boston University Central T-Stop.

By Bus: The 47 Bus from Central Square in Cambridge heading towards Broadway Station stops at the BU Bridge, which is a two-minute walk to the GSU. The 57 Bus from Kenmore Square heading towards Watertown Yard stops in front of the venue.

By Car: Parking in Boston is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited metered parking is located up and down Commonwealth Avenue and on parallel streets. Boston University also has several parking lots throughout the campus that are open to public use for a fee (see website for hourly/daily rates). Please note that the NIRD organizers are unable to reimburse parking fees.

We will collect any accessibility and special accommodations requests you may have as part of our registration form and keep you informed as to our progress in fulfilling them. If you have any questions about the venue before registering, feel free to contact Eleni Castro (

Directions to the Mugar Library, Estin Room 302

The lunchtime talk "Beyond Migration: Understanding the Effects of Repository Migration on Users Experiences and Repository Services" will be held in the Mugar Library, 3rd floor, Estin Room 302. The entrance to Mugar Library is situated on the ground floor (1st floor) of the George Sherman Union (near the staircase). Once inside the library, walk straight ahead towards the circulation desk and take a left to take the North elevators or stairs and go to the third floor. Make a left off of the elevator, walk straight past the entrance to the Technical Services/Bibliographical Services Department, and follow the signs for the Estin Room 302. Please see this map of the 3rd floor with directions to the Estin Room.


The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible. When you register, please let us know if there are any mobility assistance needs you may have during the conference, and we’ll be in contact to help address them as well as we can. If you have any questions, please email Eleni Castro (

All-Gender Restrooms

All-gender restrooms are available on the 2nd floor of the George Sherman Union building across from the large Metcalf Hall in the entrance of GSU Operations.

Accommodations Near BU

Hyatt Regency (short walk over the BU Bridge to get to GSU)
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Back Bay/Fenway
125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

On-Campus BU Accommodations
10 Buick St
Boston, MA 02215
Note: We have reserved a block of shared apartments with single-bedrooms for conference attendees from June 17-19 at an affordable rate of $93/night. Please book these early, as limited space is available on a first come, first served basis. Questions before or after booking 617-353-2238 or

Studio Allston Hotel
1234 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02135

Additional options can be found via or Airbnb.