United States National Library of Medicine

The world's largest medical library, operated by the US federal government

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U.S. National Library of Medicine
Logo of the National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine in 1999
National Library of Medicine in 1999
Established1836; 184 years ago (1836)[1] (as Library of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army)[2]
Reference to legal mandatePublic Law 941 – August 3, 1956 an Amendment to Title III of the Public Health Service Act
LocationBethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates38°59′45″N 77°05′56″W / 38.995951°N 77.098832°W / 38.995951; -77.098832Coordinates: 38°59′45″N 77°05′56″W / 38.995951°N 77.098832°W / 38.995951; -77.098832
Collection
Items collectedbooks, journals, manuscripts, images, and multimedia; genomic, chemical, toxicological, and environmental data; drug information; clinical trials data; health data standards; software; and consumer health information
Size27.8 million (2015)
Criteria for collectionAcquiring, organizing, and preserving the world's scholarly biomedical literature
Access and use
Circulation309,817 (2015)
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BudgetUS$341,119,000[3]
DirectorPatricia Flatley Brennan, RN PhD[4]
Staff1,741
Websitewww.nlm.nih.gov
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The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), operated by the United States federal government, is the world's largest medical library.[5]

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the NLM is an institute within the National Institutes of Health. Its collections include more than seven million books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs, and images on medicine and related sciences, including some of the world's oldest and rarest works.

The current director of the NLM is Patricia Flatley Brennan.[4]

  1. ^ "A Brief History of NLM". National Library of Medicine. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Our Milestones. Archived 2013-02-16 at the Wayback Machine National Library of Medicine. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "H.R. 3020 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016". 114th Congress. 2015.
  4. ^ a b "National Library of Medicine Welcomes New Director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan". National Library of Medicine. August 15, 2016.
  5. ^ DeBakey ME (1991). "The National Library of Medicine. Evolution of a premier information center". JAMA. 266 (9): 1252–58. doi:10.1001/jama.266.9.1252. PMID 1870251.

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