About Us

About NLM and FNLM

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) supports and promotes the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a vital part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s premier medical research agency.

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.

How You Can Help the Library Extend Medical Knowledge

You can be a part of the Friends’ 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, www.medlineplus.gov.

To learn more about supporting the FNLM, write to FNLM at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500, Bethesda, MD 20814.

FNLM Board of Directors

The Library’s constituency includes those who participate in its programs and utilize its services and databases. These are physicians, nurses, dentists, librarians and other members of the health care community, research scientists in medical centers, institutes and pharmaceutical, chemistry and communication corporations. Members of the FNLM Board represent all these constituencies in various parts of the country and serve without compensation, giving freely of their time and expertise.

Friends of the National Library of Medicine Board of Directors

  • Glen P. Campbell, Chair of the Board
  • Barbara Redman, RN, FAAN, PhD, President
  • E. Andrew Balas, MD, PhD, Vice President
  • Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA, Treasurer
  • Carla J. Funk, MLS, MBA, CAE (Ret.) Secretary
  • Tenley E. Albright, M.D.
  • Naomi Broering, MLA, MA
  • Ronald Evens, MD
  • Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD
  • Carla J. Funk, MLS, MBA, CAE (Ret.)
  • John P. Glaser, MD
  • Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
  • Lynne Holden, MD
  • Clarion E. Johnson, MD
  • Sheldon Kotzin, MLS
  • Gerard Kuhn, MD
  • George D. Lundberg, MD, ScD
  • Lesley B. Macherelli
  • Lucretia W. McClure, MA
  • Hall Northcott
  • Tovah Reis, MLS
  • Virginia Saba, EdD, RN
  • Bo E.H. Saxberg, MD, PhD
  • Jean Shipman, MLS
  • Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN