Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library for medical and biological information. Started in 1836 as a small collection of journals and books in the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office, it is now housed in two buildings in Bethesda, MD. The heart of the collection is NOT in the buildings, but in its massive free online databases. The mission of NLM is to make as much biomedical data as widely available as possible in order to drive better health outcomes.
NLM resources are separately designed to serve the needs of medical professionals, researchers, product developers, librarians, educators and the general public.
- Healthcare researchers use PubMed to access the MEDLINE database of citations from the world's biomedical journals.
- Healthcare professionals can find drug information in DailyMed, sign up for Clinical Alerts and Advisories, and access dozens of databases on genetics, viruses, and clinical trials.
- Product developers are supported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
- Educators will find resources for teaching history and science, including environmental health.
- For the public, NLM created MedlinePlus, transferring much of their technical knowledge into everyday terms. The public is also encouraged to use information portals for clinical trials, toxic chemicals, and genetics.
You can keep up with the Library by subscribing to
- NLM Announcements
- NLM Technical Bulletin
- PubMed New & Noteworthy
- Circulating Now, an online magazine that taps their historical records in light of current events.
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