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Directions to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
2nd Floor, Room A-5
Washington, DC 20001
Enter the library and go through the security check. Go around to the right and take the elevators to the basement. Follow the signs to Room A-5.
The Library sits on the Northwest corner of 9th and G Streets, NW, across the street diagonally from the National Museum of American Art. The MCI Arena is two blocks to the east; the Washington Convention Center is one block north.
All Metro lines lead to the Library. Stations at Gallery Place-Chinatown (serving the Red, Green, & Yellow lines) and Metro Center (serving the Red, Blue, & Orange lines) are each a block away from the Library. Leave Gallery Place by the "Museum" exit (9th Street) or Metro Center by the "Woodies" exit (11th Street) for the shortest walk. (For all Metro stations, see the Metrorail Stations page. For a map of the station and surrounding neighborhood, click on the PDF in the Entrances / Evacuation Maps box. For the full Metro system of lines, see the Metrorail map.)
From your starting point: Driving Directions and Map.
From the West:
Take Massachusetts Avenue, K Street, or NY Avenue to 9th Street. Turn south onto 9th Street and continue on 9th Street to 901 G Street, NW. For parking, drive to H Street. Turn right onto H Street then left onto 10th Street. (See Parking information.)
From the South on I-395:
Take the exit for Massachusetts Avenue. Turn left at the top of the ramp onto Massachusetts Avenue. Turn left onto H Street. Turn south onto 9th Street and continue on 9th Street to 901 G Street, NW. For parking, continue on H Street to 10th Street. Turn left onto 10th Street. (See Parking information.)
From the East:
Take Route 50/NY Avenue (to avoid "No left turn" intersections). Turn left on 7th Street, NW. Drive to G Street and turn left onto G Street, NW. Continue on G Street to 901 G Street, NW. For parking, turn right onto H Street then left onto 10th Street. (See Parking information.)
Free parking is available in the garage below the Library. The lot opens at 9:30 a.m. but it is a good idea to arrive before 10 a.m. to make sure you get a space because it is not large.
To find the MLK garage, drive to the interesection of H and 10th Streets, NW. (H Street is two-way has the Chinese Gate in Chinatown. Tenth Street is one-way, south toward the National Mall.) Turn south onto 10th Street. Stay in the left lane to turn left onto G Place, NW. (This is really just a wide alley.) In about 100 feet on the right, there is a sign that says, "No parking before 9:30 AM". The ramp down to the garage will be on your right.
Park in the first unreserved space. Most of the spaces beyond the first part of the lot are reserved. Near the end of the garage there are just a few unreserved spaces. Unless you move the safety barrier you can not make a second round but will have to exit the garage and circle back to H Street.
There is a $10 garage on 9th Street (the street for the exit of the MLK garage) just past the library/G Street on the right.
There is a very large $5 lot just a block north of the library on 9th Street. Note that 9th Street is a one-way south street and the lot entrance is midway between New York Ave./K Street and H Street on the right.
Wheeled access to be determined.
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Riding Metro to the Event
(For all Metro stations, see the Metrorail Stations page. For a map of the station and surrounding neighborhood, click on the PDF in the Entrances / Evacuation Maps box. For the full Metro system of lines, see the Metrorail map.)
To plan your metro ride, use the Metro Trip Planner at http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm. The Trip Planner will give you an idea of the travel time and fees from your Metro station to the station near the event.
Metro Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions are at https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility//faq.cfm. See also the Metro Accessibility information.
Parking in Metro lots
A SmarTrip card is the only form of payment accepted at Metro-operated parking lots. For more information about Metro parking and lot operating hours, see Parking at Metrorail Stations.
Where to Buy a SmarTrip Card
You may purchase SmarTrip cards online from the Metro Store. (Note: The Metro Store page is on a very slow server so it may take a while for the page to load.)
Standard SmarTrip Farecard
A renewable SmarTrip farecard purchased online has a $20 fare value already on it. The cost for the renewable card is $5. The total charge for this card is $25 online.
Senior and Disabled SmarTrip Farecard
In order to purchase a discounted farecard, Senior citizens (65 and older) and persons with disabilities must have proof of age or a valid Metro Disability ID Card. For information on how to apply, see https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility//metroaccess_eligibility.cfm. Senior citizens 65 years or older with a disability and Medicare card holders with a valid photo ID are not required to apply for the Metro Disability ID card, but may purchase fare by showing proof of age at any Metro Sales location, many public libraries in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County, and retail outlets. Applications for the free WMATA Disabled ID card are available from the Office of ADA Programs at 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 or by calling 202-962-1245 or TTY 202-628-8973 or calling 202-962-1558 or TTY 202-962-2033 and requesting an application be mailed to you. A renewable SmarTrip farecard for senior (65 and older) and disabled riders purchased online has a $10 fare value already on it. The cost for the renewable card is $5. The total charge for this card is $15 online.
SmarTrip cards may also be purchased from vending machines in Metro stations but come with a lower initial fare value: $5 for the card with a $5 fare value for a total of $10 for the standard farecard. A separate vending machine allows you to add fare value up to $300 to the card.
For more information about purchasing SmarTrip cards, see Metro Passes, Fares, SmarTrip Cards, and Tokens.