The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) mission statement:

To promote and enhance the mission of the National Library of Medicine , the FNLM convenes and celebrates thought leadership in data science, informatics, library science, and health care communications to:

  • Advance trusted resources for data-driven research and health information,
  • promote meaningful engagement across health communities and biomedical communications enterprises,
  • build the workforce of tomorrow.


Our Work

  • accelerates discovery,
  • advances health in the US and globally,
  • empowers individuals with truted health information

The Friends organization was formed in 1986 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to promote, publicize, and support the Library. FNLM is a coalition of individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, health science libraries, corporations, and foundations, dedicated to increasing public awareness and use of the NLM, as well as to support its many programs in research, education, and public service.

The Library, founded in 1836 and now located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest repository of biomedical and health sciences information. It has over eight million items including books, journals, videos, historical artifacts, and receives over one billion hits per year over the World Wide Web.

Support The Friends

You can be a part of the Friends’ mission to support and promote the National Library of Medicine by becoming a supporter. With your support, the FNLM provides increased funding for NLM programs and educates the public and stakeholder groups about the centrality of NLM programs to health and medical research across the country and around the world.

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FNLM 2019 Awards Gala

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine

2019 Annual Awards Gala

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September 10, 2019

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