Digitorium is being held online and in person at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, which is located about an hour west of Birmingham, AL. This page provides some information about traveling to Tuscaloosa, as well as links to discounted hotel accommodation which will be available to conference participants, and a link to the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission website for details of historical sites, nature walks, and other local attractions, together with dining options and local area maps to help conference participants to make the most of your time here in Alabama.
Traveling to Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa is located 58 miles West of Birmingham, AL, about an hour’s drive away from the nearest airport, which is the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International. The airport’s website provides information about the various carriers who fly to Birmingham, as well as details about rental cars and other ground transportation options through their Passenger Info page.
Two shuttle firms operate buses between Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Tuscaloosa:
Scuttle Shuttle: https://www.scuttleshuttle.com/
Main Conference Venue
The conference will be held in the event rooms at Gorgas Library. These are called the Camellia Room and the Yellowhammer Room.
Accommodation for Digitorium
Blocks of rooms at Hotel Capstone are being held for Digitorium participants. Space is limited, so please contact the hotel at your earliest convenience to take advantage of one of these special rates. The last day to reserve this block is 9/13.
Prefer to book by phone:
- Rooms in the block can be booked by calling 205-752-3200. Ask for the University Libraries – Digitorium Conf. block with the corresponding dates – 10/07/2021—10/10/2021 .
- The Agent will ask for an email address, so that we may email your confirmation letter; They will also be able to provide the confirmation number for you over the phone.
- Be prepared with your payment method as it will be required to make a reservation over the phone.
You can also try any of the following:
- Embassy Suites, 2410 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 205-561-2500
- Hampton Inn, 600 Harper Lee Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL, 205-553-9800
- Courtyard by Marriott, 4115 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-6252
- Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Hollywood Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-767-0278
- Hotel Indigo, 111 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-1314
- La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4122 McFarland Blvd East, Tuscaloosa, AL, 205-349-3270
- Microtel Inn & Suites 1417 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-573-4235
- SpringHill Suites, 4020 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-9298
Parking for Digitorium
Hotel Capstone offers onsite parking. There is also visitor parking at the Ferguson Parking Deck and the Campus Drive Parking Deck. There will be accommodations for handicap parking on site as well.
Dining and Tourist Attractions in Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, and has a wealth of local history extending from the ancient Native American settlement at nearby Moundville, which was occupied from around 1000 AD until 1450 AD, to the founding of the original “Black Warrior Village” in 1580, to the city’s role as the seat of state government for Alabama from 1826 until 1846. The University of Alabama was first established in Tuscaloosa in 1827, beginning formal operations in 1831 with the enrollment of 52 students, making it the State of Alabama’s oldest public university. Today over 36,000 students are enrolled at the University of Alabama, whilst the town of Tuscaloosa is the location of Mercedes-Benz U. S. International, giving it the unusual distinction of having the only Mercedes-Benz Museum outside Germany. The Black Warrior River and surrounding countryside offer great opportunities for nature walks, and the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority website is a useful resource about local parks, river walks, and other outdoor activities available for visitors.
The University of Alabama has a Campus Visitor’s Guide. It provides maps, information about the University of Alabama’s campus, affiliated off-campus sites, and more!
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission provides useful information about the various historical, archaeological, architectural, cultural, and scientific attractions available in the local area, in addition to details of dining and shopping options, via the following link. There is also a guide for the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail.