NIH Library Services Translations


Who is Eligible
Translations are provided for all NIH staff holding a current NIH ID with Library privileges.
Services Provided
The Translations Office provides oral and written translations of materials required to carry out NIH programs. These materials range from research publications to letters, diplomas, and other personal documents. Oral translations are conducted in-person.
How to Request a Translation
To request a translation, complete the translations form. You will be contacted about submitting your documents.
NIH staff may request one in-house written translation at a time. More than one contracted translation can be processed simultaneously. Determination of the timing and quantity of in-house oral translations is made on a case by case basis. Appointments for oral translations can be made by telephoning 301-496-2257.
Service Charges
  • In-house translations of personal, work-related official documents (birth certificates, diplomas, passports, etc.) are offered free of charge from French, German, Russian, and Spanish into English. ​
  • In-house translations of certain documents from English into Spanish and Russian are also prepared free of charge. 
  • In-house translations into English of journal articles, reports, etc. are processed in the order received and prepared as time permits. 
  • Translations from all other languages, and translations into a foreign language from English, not including Spanish and Russian, must be contracted out at a cost. The cost is billed to the requestor’s Institute/Center/Division.

For more information, please telephone 301-496-2257.