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Directions to Bethesda Public Library
Bethesda Public Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Take the long escalator to the bus bay level. Walk through bus terminal. Walk two blocks to the Bethesda Library straight ahead. (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.)
At the Metro, take Ride On Bus # 36 to the library stop on Arlington Road. Or, take Ride On Bus # 42 to Woodmont Avenue and Edgemoore Lane, then walk 1 block west on Edgemoore Lane to Arlington Road, then turn left onto Arlington and walk about 1/2 block to the library.
From your starting point: Driving Directions and Map.
From North (Gaithersburg / Rockville):
Go south on Interstate 270. Take the 495 Spur towards Bethesda and Silver Spring. Take the Route 355 exit. Go south on 355 past NIH and veer right on to Woodmont. Go to St. Elmo Avenue and turn right. Cross Old Georgetown Road onto Arlington Road. Go two blocks to the Bethesda Library on the right.
From North (Wheaton):
Go west on the Beltway, 495, to the Connecticut Avenue exit. Take Connecticut south to Jones Bridge Road. Turn right, follow to Route 355, and turn left. Go south on 355 two blocks to Woodmont. Veer right on to Woodmont. Go to St. Elmo Avenue and turn right. Cross Old Georgetown Road onto Arlington Road. Go two blocks to the Bethesda Library on the right.
From North (Montgomery Mall):
Go east on Democracy Blvd to Old Georgetown Road. Turn right on Old Georgetown Road and go past the Beltway, Cedar Lane, the firehouse, NIH, and Suburban Hospital to the four-way intersection where Wilson Lane, St. Elmo Avenue and Arlington Road converge with Old Georgetown Road. Turn right on Arlington Road. Go two blocks to the Bethesda Library on the right.
From South (Little Falls):
Go west on Massachusetts Avenue to Little Falls Parkway. Turn left on to the Parkway, cross River Road and continue north to Arlington Road. Turn right and follow Arlington five blocks to the Bethesda Library on the left, just past the Caroline Freedland Park.
From South (District of Columbia):
Go north on Wisconsin Avenue, Route 355, to the intersection with Bradley Blvd. (Note the firehouse on the left.) Turn left on Bradley. Continue to Arlington Road. Turn right on Arlington Road and go four blocks to the Bethesda Library on the left, just past the Caroline Freedland Park.
From East (Silver Spring / Chevy Chase):
Go West on East-West Highway. Cross Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway becomes Old Georgetown Road. Turn left onto Edgemoor Lane. Cross Arlington Road and turn left into the Bethesda Library parking lot.
From West (Potomac):
Go south on River Road to the Little Falls Parkway. Turn left on to the Parkway, and continue north to Arlington Road. Turn right and follow Arlington five blocks to the Bethesda Library on the left, just past the Caroline Freedland Park.
From West (Virginia):
Take Interstate 495 across the American Legion Bridge to the River Road exit. Turn right on River Road and go south on River to the Little Falls Parkway. Turn left onto the Parkway, and continue north to Arlington Road. Turn right and follow Arlington five blocks to the Bethesda Library on the left, just past the Caroline Freedland.
The entrance to the Bethesda Library parking lot is off Edgemoore Lane between Beverly Road and Arlington Road.
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.
Note: Metro trains, although uncrowded, do not operate as frequently before 9 a.m. on Saturdays. The wait time between trains may be 15 minutes.
Parking in Metro lots
Parking at Metro-operated lots is FREE on weekends and federal holidays.
Where to Buy a SmarTrip Card
You may purchase SmarTrip cards online from the CommuterDirect store. SmarTrip cards are accepted on all Metrobuses, and many local transit systems in northern Virginia and Maryland such as Ride-On and the Fairfax Connector. (See the full list on CommuterPage.com.) You may also purchase SmarTrip cards from several CVS and Giant Food stores. See the list at http://wmata.com/fares/smartrip/smartrip_load.cfm? (Commuter stores in northern Virginia are also listed). Senior SmarTrip cards may be purchased at several libraries and other locations in the metropolitan area. See the list at http://wmata.com/fares/smartrip/smartrip_libraries.cfm
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 http://www.wmata.com/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.