National Library of Medicine

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. 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. In addition, the Library coordinates an 8,000+ member Network of the National Library of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
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History of Medicine


The NLM collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease, one which spans ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originates from nearly every part of the globe.

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