The 2023 IRSCL Congress will be hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with plentiful indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet spaces on a beautiful campus peninsula right by the sea. The major conference venue is the University Center on the UC Santa Barbara campus and in rooms and spaces nearby.
The University of California, Santa Barbara is very close to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and a convenient bus trip by Santa Barbara Airbus from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Amtrak train service also connects Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and San Francisco, or scenic cross-country train routes. The Santa Barbara train station is centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara. The closest city to the university (and the closest Airbus and train stop) is in Goleta, while Santa Barbara is further away from the university, though connected by a public bus service and bicycle paths.
Downtown Santa Barbara is quite walkable, with much of downtown State Street closed to cars, but pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Within Santa Barbara, buses and rented (electric) bicycles offer transportation between more distant sites of interest. Coastal bicycle rides are also scenic. Santa Barbara and Goleta and the UC Santa Barbara campus are served by a public bus service. Travel to the Channel Islands by boat can be arranged through Island Packers from Oxnard or Ventura. Rental cars also offer smooth connections also to harder to reach locations like national parks.
Santa Barbara’s climate is fairly temperate because of ocean and mountains and is not often very hot. The summer months of June and July often include ocean mists that keep temperatures cooler. If Santa Barbara has hot periods in August, being near the ocean is often cooler, while swimming in the sea is also possible.
Children’s literature scholars may be interested in the fact that Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins takes place on one of the uninhabited Channel Islands, of which several (now a National Park) are visible from the Santa Barbara shore. Related locations nearby include the Old Mission Santa Barbara where the actual historical Lone Woman of San Nicolas is buried and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum with related exhibits. Other places to consider visiting in town are the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Courthouse, MOXI children’s museum, Santa Barbara Zoo, and world-famous Lotusland, not to mention all the beaches.