Happy 175th Anniversary to the National Library of Medicine!

Posted on March 15, 2011


2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health. The world’s largest medical library and the producer of electronic information resources used by millions of people every day, NLM has changed the way scientific and medical information is organized, stored, accessed, and disseminated. From its founding in 1836 as the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General to its present position at NIH, NLM’s hallmark has been information innovation, leading to exciting scientific discoveries that ultimately improve the public health.


“When you look at the Library’s history, you see a fantastic voyage,” said Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., NLM director since 1984. “Each leg of the journey has brought us closer to our goal of providing access to biomedical information — anytime, anywhere — for scientists, health professionals, and the public. (NIH News)


The NLM provides a number of resources that can be accessed by the public; this includes health publications, facts sheets, information on drugs and supplements, consumer guides and more.


Recently, the Mayor’s Health Line has partnered with the National Library of Medicine to provide Boston residents with accurate and peer-reviewed consumer health information that is accessible and easy to understand. You can request information on a variety of health topics simply by:


  1. Call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050

  2. Ask to get information on your topic, including any language preferences.

  3. Provide follow-up contact information and the method you prefer (printed materials, web links, e-mail attachments, etc.)

  4. Our Health Information Specialist will then scour the diverse array of health information available at NLM and will follow-up with you within 1 business day.

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