NIST operates in two main locations: Gaithersburg, Maryland (headquarters — 234-hectare/578-acre campus), and Boulder, Colorado (84-hectare/208-acre campus). For information and directions, see our visitor information page.
NIST also has employees working in four other locations explicitly established to promote the kind of cross-disciplinary collaborations that accelerate research results:
JILA, in Boulder, Colorado, a world-class physics research institute jointly operated by NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) (formerly CARB), in Rockville, Maryland, an interdisciplinary partnership in cutting-edge biotechnology between NIST and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.
Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), in College Park, Maryland, a new institute for advancing quantum physics research that is jointly operated with the University of Maryland.
Hollings Marine Laboratory, in Charleston, South Carolina, a national center for coastal ocean science, in which NIST is one of five federal, state and university partners.
Physical security for those locations is not provided by NIST.