Directions

The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML) is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. It occupies the three-story building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street (314 Forest Avenue; Portland, ME 04101); it is attached, on the first floor, to the seven-story Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library. The public entrances — to the reading room, the gallery, and the Cohen Education Center — are all off the arcade that runs across the front of both library buildings.

The arcade itself can be accessed directly from Bedford St. or from the University Commons.

OML can be found on the USM Portland campus map. 

Public Transportation

Both Portland METRO bus routes 2 (Riverton) and 4 (Westbrook) serve the junction of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street. For more information about Greater Portland Transit, please consult the METRO website.

Parking

Public parking is available in the USM parking garage, clearly marked (in blue) on the USM Portland campus parking map. The entrance to the parking garage is on Surrenden St., off Bedford St. For more information regarding parking rates visit the USM parking page

A fee of $3 per hour (up to a maximum of $20 per day) will accrue during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekends the parking gates are raised and parking is free.

Handicapped parking spaces are located behind the Glickman Library and can be accessed by entering the drive on Bedford Street closest to the Forest Avenue intersection (look for Deliveries/Handicapped parking signage).

Notice: Construction is due to begin on a new parking garage and the P3 surface lot behind Wishcamper and adjacent to the OML is now closed to traffic and unavailable for parking. 

Glickman Library and OML Parking Access

Please note:

  • Vehicles will now enter and exit on Surrenden Street (previously just the garage entrance).
  • The Entry and Exit gates are now located on Level 1, inside the garage.
  • The previous two exits on the ground floor level, opening toward Wishcamper and the Library, no longer exist.
  • During this time the garage will be open and free on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The parking garage will not be staffed at this time.

You can find more information about the parking garage and updates on the USM Public Safety Website.

Driving

From the North or South

Take I-295 North or South into Portland. Take exit 6B, signposted “Forest Avenue North.” After merging onto Forest Ave., immediately cross into the far left lane. Turn left at the first intersection, onto Bedford Street. Directly after the Abromson Center (on the left, with skywalk across to the rest of the campus), turn left onto Surrenden St. to enter the parking garage.

From the West

(1) Take State Route 25 East towards Portland; it merges with Brighton Avenue. USM is located on the left of a six-way intersection half a mile beyond the railroad tracks. Proceed straight through the intersection and follow the road as it bears to the left, becoming Bedford Street. Turn right directly before the Abromson Center to enter the parking garage.

(2) Take State Route 302 east to Portland; the road becomes Forest Avenue at the Westbrook town line. Follow Forest Avenue for approximately 4 miles, turn right onto Bedford Street, after Oakhurst Dairy. Directly after the Abromson Center (on the left, with skywalk across to the rest of the campus), turn left (one-way) to enter the parking garage.