NIH Library About Us

About Us

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The NIH Library is an open stacks biomedical research library, whose collection and services are developed to support the programs of the National Institutes of Health and select U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies. The NIH Library provides access to over 10,000 electronic journals, 16,000 e-books, and 170 databases. The NIH Library also provides services in bibliometrics, bioinformatics, custom information solutions, data management & analysis, document delivery, editing, literature searching, informationist consultations, systematic reviews, training, and translations.

The NIH Library is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our Web site is accessible to all users, compliant with Section 508 standards, and compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies. Contains other information regarding viewing our site.

For the Public

Information for the general public about access and services from the Library.

Library Privileges and Borrowing

A statement of policy on borrowing privileges and Library services.

Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is very important to the NIH Library.

Ask A Question

Submit your literature search or another question via an email form. You may expect a response within one business day.

Address & Key Phone Numbers

Address and visitor information.


Announcements and other news features from the NIH Library. Sign up for email alerts from the Library.

Current Weather

A weather station monitors the current weather conditions on the terrace. It updates the data every 10 minutes.

DLS Advisory Committee

The Division of Library Services (DLS) Advisory Committee (DLSAC) provides advice to the Office of Research Services Advisory Committee (ORSAC) on matters pertaining to budget, program, and policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's about various library related topics.

Going Green

Green initiatives and projects.

HSRL / HHS Customers

Agency specific login links for HHS Customers and librarian contact information.

Hours and Holiday Hours of Operation

Information about hours of access and the holiday schedule.

Job Vacancies

Current vacancies available, including links to apply online.

Staff Directory

An alphabetical listing of the NIH Library Staff.

Staff Presentations and Publications

Presentations and publications given or authored by NIH Library Staff.

Vision, Mission, Values

The mission of the NIH Library is to foster a customer-focused culture of innovation and service to transform data and information into knowledge.

Web site Illustrations

Learn more about our Web site illustrations "To Cure," "To Collaborate," "To Discover," "To Respond," "To Renew" created by artist J.W. Stewart.