Washington, DC Center
About the Campus
The Washington, DC Center
1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Located in the heart of Washington DC, The Johns Hopkins University Bernstein Offit Building at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW offers a dynamic learning environment that is conveniently located near everything that Washington has to offer. The Bernstein Offit Building also serves as the administrative office for Advanced Academic Programs. Admissions, Registration, Online, Information Technology, and Outreach staff are located at this center just two blocks south of Dupont Circle accessible by Metro. The center includes a Library Resource Center, faculty and student lounges, a large administrative/program management suite for faculty and staff, classrooms or seminar rooms, two computer labs, and a large presentation room, and en executive conference room. The Washington Center provides an excellent learning environment for Advanced Academic Programs, and many Arts and Sciences Washington-based initiatives.
Under the direction of the JHU Eisenhower Library, students in Washington are welcome to do research in the Washington Library Resource Center (WLRC). The center’s staff provides reference consultation, instruction and facilitates access to a vast array of electronic databases, journals, the online catalog, reserve services and a collection of materials supporting each of the programs offered by the schools.
Students and faculty can also obtain journal articles, books and audio-visual material not available at the center library. Articles can be delivered to the desktop, and material can be delivered to the center for pickup. The J-Card is used for identification and borrowing privileges. The Library Resource Center has 10 workstations in the Electronic Research Room. Additionally, students may access electronic resources from off-campus. The library is open year-round from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday; and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. To learn more, visit the DC Regional Library Resource Center website.
The Washington, DC Center features two computer labs with 24 workstations each. The internet, university-wide electronic services, and various software applications are installed locally as needed for specific courses in the computer labs. One lab is an open lab for AAP students Monday through Thursday, noon to 10pm, Friday and Saturday hours vary each semester and are posted at the center, and the other lab is used for classes.
Advanced Academic Programs is serviced by a virtual bookstore, MBS Direct. MBS Direct provides textbook information for students taking courses at all AAP onsite locations and online. The online bookstore offers competitive pricing, new and used books, and buy backs from their large distribution center.
Visit the MBS Direct online store to begin purchasing your textbooks. The bookstore opens 4 weeks before the start of the semester/term. If your book is not listed at that time, no textbook information has been entered by the instructor. If that is the case, keep checking back as information is updated daily before the semester start. Orders can also be placed by phone 800-325-3252 or fax 800-499-0143.
Direct questions about your book order to the MBS customer service line at 800-325-3252.
Food and Refreshments
The student lounge is located on the lower level and has snacks and beverage vending machines. The lounge has tables and chairs for those who stop by any of the nearby eating establishments and wish to bring food to the center. The Dupont Circle neighborhood has several fast food restaurants which could easily be visited on the way to and from class.
At the Washington Center all students, faculty, and visitors are required to sign in with picture ID at the lobby desk or display a J-Card or other university ID to the security guard. A phone on the fourth floor, where classroom are located, connects directly to the lobby security guard in case of an emergency. Additionally, shuttle bus service is provided from 7:15 to 11:15pm from SAIS’s Nitze Building at 1740 Massachusetts Avenue to the Farragut North, Farragut West, and Mount Vernon Square metro stops. The shuttle also stops at the Columbia Heights Metro Station during the 11:15 shuttle run. The shuttle bus is available in the fall and spring semesters every weekday but Friday. It does not operate during the summer term.
Between 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday – Friday, JHU students can park underneath the Bernstein-Offit Building for $7. Students, faculty, and visitors can also park at a rate of $7 after 4:30pm at the Central Parking Garage on 1800 Massachusetts Avenue (located underneath the SEIU Building, just one block east of the Bernstein-Offit Building). The garage is open Monday through Friday and closes at 11:00pm.
On Saturdays from 7:00am – 6:00pm, students can park underneath the Bernstein-Offit Building for $7 or look for street parking to the north of 1717 Massachusetts Avenue. Additional parking is available at St. Matthew’s Cathedral at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW for $5 all day.
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From Baltimore and points north: Take I-95 to I-495 south (Washington Beltway). From 495, take exit 22B to 295 south, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, to the New York Avenue exit. On New York Avenue (Route 50) stay in the right-hand lane toward downtown Washington. After about 8 miles bear right at Mount Vernon Square, onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take the underpass at Thomas Circle, circle around Scott Circle. The Rome Building is the third building on your right after you cleared Scott Circle.
Or, you can take I-95 to I-495 west (Washington Beltway) to exit 30, Route 29 south toward Silver Spring. Follow Route 29 through downtown Silver Spring until you reach the circle at the intersection of 16th Street, N.W.; turn left onto 16th Street. Take 16th Street to Scott Circle, bearing to the right to avoid the underpass. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue.
The Bernstein Offit Building is located at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, one block from the Dupont Circle (Red line) Metro station’s south entrance.