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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Friends of NLM continue to be among the sponsors of Mentoring in Medicine (MIM). This nonprofit outreach program works with disadvantaged minority students to spark their interest in healthcare careers and, ultimately, to help diversify the healthcare workforce.



The Friends of the National Library of Medicine is proud to support a national treasure—the National Library of Medicine. The Library is an institution relied upon by medical professionals and consumers around the world for up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, drugs, treatment options, and healthy living—all offered online, 24 hours a day.



The Friends of the National Library of Medicine annual Awards Gala celebrates advances in public health, medicine, and health communications, as well as the individuals and organizations dedicated to these causes. The Gala brings together representatives from the public, professional and business sectors in health care to show their support for the extraordinary work of the National Library of Medicine. We hope you will join us for this meaningful evening.

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How You Can Help the Friends of the National Library of Medicine Extend Medical Knowledge

You can be a part of the Support the Friends of the National Library of Medicine’s mission to help educate the health, corporate, and public communities about NIH’s many vital research initiatives. If you or your company can help to support and expand the Library’s efforts by providing sponsorship and other charitable donations for NIH MedlinePlus magazine’s publication and distribution, many more thousands of Americans will gain valuable, free access to the world’s best online medical library,

Images of America (U.S. National Library of Medicine)


If you enjoy history and libraries—and the history of libraries—then you are going to enjoy this thematic and visual history of the US National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library, which is located in Bethesda, Maryland, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

—Jeffrey S. Reznick and Kenneth M. Koyle, U.S. National Library of Medicine (Images of America)

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine


Images of America: US National Library of Medicine is a welcome companion to Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, produced by the Library in 2011. We hope readers of all ages and backgrounds will appreciate this new broad history of the Library as much as we have appreciated crafting it and making it publicly available in cooperation with so many colleagues and friends here at the NLM and beyond. And we hope this book will inspire readers to learn more about the development of the Library and visit for a tour or conduct research in our world-renowned collections which span ten centuries and represent nearly every part of the globe.