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.
The Library also provides grants in biomedical informatics, data science, and public health, as well as support for educational institutions.
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