Venue for 2014

Venue & Joining Instructions

LILAC 2014 will be held at Sheffield Hallam University. You can download a copy of the joining instructions.

With 37,000 students from around the world, Sheffield Hallam is the third largest university in the UK. Its history dates back to 1843 when it was home to the Sheffield School of Design. The university is based across two campuses. LILAC will be hosted at the City Campus; close to hotels, transport networks, shops, bars and cafes.

The City of Sheffield

Located in the north of England, Sheffield is famous worldwide for its cutlery. In 2013 the city celebrated 100 years of stainless steel. It is now a thriving commercial centre providing a vibrant lifestyle for its half a million inhabitants. It has a range of theatres, two universities, and a varied music scene. The beautiful Peak District National Park is close at hand.

The venue for LILAC is close to the internationally acclaimed Winter Garden.

Sheffield is home to the annual Snooker World Championship, held at the Crucible Theatre. The 2014 championship is taking place at the same time as LILAC, so make sure you attend the right session!

Social Events

If you are arriving early, feel free to join in the pre-conference pub quiz. It’s at the Rutland Arms very near the city centre. This year’s event will be co-hosted by members from Sheffield Hallam University and CILIP Academic and Research Libraries Group for Yorkshire and Humberside. It’s a fantastic opportunity for international and new delegates to meet other LILAC attendees, and is open to anyone planning to attend LILAC 2014. It starts at 7:30pm, on Tuesday 22 April. Please contact Caroline Fixter ( if you are planning to attend.

The LILAC 2014 networking evening will be held at Sheffield City Hall. City Hall is an exciting entertainment and arts venue, located in the town centre.

The LILAC 2014 Conference Dinner will be held at Cutlers’ Hall, a Grade II listed building located in the heart of the city centre. Cutlers’ Hall is the headquarters of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

WiFi Access at LILAC 2014

We have arranged network access for you while attending LILAC, details will be in your welcome pack. If your home institution is a member of Eduroam, you will be able to use your login at Sheffield Hallam University.


There is shopping to suit many different tastes: Fargate and The Moor contain many familiar retail names: John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams.  Division Street and West Street have shops of a quirkier nature.

Food & Drink

Cafes, bars and restaurants can be found throughout the city to suit every taste.  London Road and Ecclesall Road have cuisines from every corner of the world.  Division Street and West Street have a huge number of pubs and bars.  Many pubs stock local beers from the Thornbridge and other local microbreweries. Details can be found on the Welcome to Sheffield website.

Further Information

Welcome to Sheffield gives details of the City and its many attractions. You can follow @VisitSheffield on Twitter and grab a copy of the Explorer Guide which contains a map and mini guide to Sheffield.