United States National Library of Medicine

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836.

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World's largest biomedical library

The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe.


It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

National network

In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,500-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.


The following institutions are part of the NLM.

  • PubMed - Citations for biomedical literature
  • MedLine Plus - health information portal
  • Open-i - An experimental multimedia search engine
  • MESH - Medical Subject Headings
  • - Via, a database of clinical studies, worldwide
  • BLAST - Basic Local Alignment
  • HNCBC - Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications develops advanced health information resources and software tools.
  • NCBI - research in the NCBI Computational Biology Branch focuses on a broad range of topics in molecular biomedicine.





The National Library of Medicine has the physical address at National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20894



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