The Friends of the National Library of Medicine 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 visibility for, appreciation of, and engagement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). FNLM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the Library’s many programs in research, education, and public service. 

The National Library of Medicine, 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.