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Fact Sheet
National Network of Libraries of Medicine®

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM®) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and by improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

The network is administered by the National Library of Medicine. It consists of eight Regional Medical Libraries (major institutions under contract with the National Library of Medicine), more than 159 Resource Libraries (primarily at medical schools), and some 4,762 Primary Access Libraries (primarily at hospitals). The Regional Medical Libraries administer and coordinate services in the network's eight geographical regions.

The National Information Infrastructure offers the network new and exciting opportunities to improve information services to health professionals in the 2006-2011 contracts. The Regional Medical Libraries will continue their efforts to reach underserved health professionals in rural and inner city areas, public health professionals, and special populations. NN/LM members will work with a variety of intermediaries, including health care providers, public health professionals, public librarians, educators, community organizations, health advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, and self-help groups, to reach members of the public.

The Regional Medical Libraries also exhibit and demonstrate NLM's products and services at national, regional and state health professional and consumer oriented meetings; provide training and consultations; coordinate the basic network services such as interlibrary loan; work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries; and assist with access to MEDLINE® and other databases made available by the National Library of Medicine.

For more information about specific network programs in your region, call the Regional Medical Library in your area at their direct number (see attached list) or dial the toll free phone number for all Regional Medical Libraries: 1-800-338-7657.

For general network information contact:
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Network Office
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bldg. 38,Room B1-E03
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: 301-496-4777
Fax: 301-480-1467

The following is a list of the Regional Medical Libraries and the areas served by each:

1. Middle Atlantic Region

New York University School of Medicine
Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 263-5394
Fax: (212)263-6534
States Served: DE, NJ, NY, PA

2. Southeastern/Atlantic Region

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1583
Phone: (410) 706-2855
Fax: (410) 706-0099
States Served: AL, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

3. Greater Midwest Region

University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences (M/C 763)
1750 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: (312) 996-2464
Fax: (312) 996-2226
States Served: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI

4. MidContinental Region

University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Regional Medical Library
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890
Phone: (801) 581-8771
Fax: (801) 581-3632
States Served: CO, KS, MO, NE, UT, WY

5. South Central Region

Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
1133 John Freeman Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030-2809
Phone: (713) 799-7880
Fax: (713) 790-7030
States Served: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

6. Pacific Northwest Region

University of Washington
Health Sciences Libraries and Information Center
Box 357155
Seattle, WA 98195-7155
Phone: (206) 543-8262
Fax: (206) 543-2469
States Served: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA

7. Pacific Southwest Region

University of California, Los Angeles
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
12-077 Center for the Health Sciences
Box 951798
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1798
Phone: (310) 825-1200
Fax: (310) 825-5389
States Served: AZ, CA, HI, NV, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin

8. New England Region

University of Massachusetts Medical School
The Lamar Soutter Library
55 Lake Avenue, North
Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: (508) 856-2399
Fax: (508) 856-5039
States Served: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

Overseas Military Medical Personnel

Armed Forces Medical Library
5109 Leesburg Pike, Room 670
Falls Church, VA 22041-3258
Telephone: 703-681-8028
Fax: 703-681-8034

NN/LM National Centers

National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC)

The NTCC supports a variety of training opportunities for NN/LM members and for health professionals. It also manages a searchable database with links to web-based health education training materials.

Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC)

The OERC provides assistance in developing well-planned evaluation to help target and measure outreach success.

Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC)

Web-STOC provides systems functions including database management, system policy development and technical consulting related to the NN/LM Web Services.

Toll-free phone number for all Regional Medical Libraries: 1-800-338-7657

A complete list of NLM Fact Sheets is available at:
(alphabetical list)
(subject list):

Or write to:

Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894

Phone: (301) 496-6308
Fax: (301) 496-4450

For more information about NLM programs, contact the Office of Communications and Public Liaison (see address above); E-mail: World-Wide Web site:

Last reviewed: 25 January 2007
Last updated: 25 January 2007
First published: 08 October 2002
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