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Information for 2019 NIH Community College Day Attendees

General Information and Directions

NIH Community College Day 2019 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. We look forward to a successful event and especially meeting all of you face to face!


National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center
45 Center Drive
Building 45
Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH Visitor Information and Directions

Please allow extra time to gain access to the campus.

You are encouraged to take public transportation.  The Natcher Conference Center is a five-minute walk from the Metro and NIH Gateway Center.

Security Procedures for Entering the NIH Campus

Visitor Gateway Center

Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID - driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

The NIH Gateway Center is located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). It combines visitor parking, non-commercial vehicle inspection and visitor ID processing, all in one location. The NIH will process all visitors, whether they enter the campus in vehicles or as pedestrians.


For individuals arriving as pedestrians, the Gateway Center (Building 66), which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is capable of handling single individuals to large busloads of visitors quickly and efficiently.


For visitors arriving in vehicles, on motorcycles or bicycles, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Station (Building 66A), provides multiple inspection lanes and allows visitors to go through inspection and get a visitor badge in one centralized, efficient process. Vehicles enter the Gateway Center complex through a new roadway, "NIH Gateway Drive," just south of the intersection of the previous visitor entrance at South Drive and Rockville Pike. Vehicles that choose to bypass parking in MLP-11 will go through inspection and enter campus at Center Drive. (See Gateway Map:

Gateway Center Vehicle Inspection (Building 66A):
Monday - Friday, 5 am - 10 pm
Taxis may enter campus via the Gateway Center Vehicle Inspection Facility.


Please note: Visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the Metro site External Link for information on fares and schedules.

The Gateway complex also includes MLP-11, a 342-space, multi-level underground parking garage. This "visitor-only" lot is the primary visitor parking for the NIH main campus. We strongly encourage all visitors to park in this garage as visitor parking elsewhere on campus is limited. Vehicles parking in MLP-11 are outside of the perimeter security and will not go through vehicle inspection, reducing the amount of time it takes to get on campus.

Visitors parking in MLP-11 should proceed to the Gateway Center to get a visitor badge and either walk or take a shuttle bus to their destination. The NIH "limited" campus shuttle is the fastest shuttle to Natcher Conference Center. The schedule can be found at

The cost to park in MLP-11 is $2 per hour for the first three hours, $12 maximum for the entire day. Parking will not be validated.  Attendees will be responsible for parking fees.


If you have questions please contact Erika Barr.


To request sign language interpretation for this event please contact the Office of Research Services (ORS) Interpreting Service Requests at