NIH Library librarians are your gateway to the vast array of NIH Library resources and services. Librarians facilitate information requests, provide customized reference and research services, and can refer you to appropriate NIH Library services. Additionally, your librarian can provide or suggest tailored training. To get help from the NIH Library for you or your group, contact the Information Desk, or consult directly with your librarian below.
Have specialized needs? Maybe your institute, center, or group may benefit from the support of an informationist or a specialized librarian. To learn more about this service or to see if you have an assigned informationist, visit our Informationist Support Program page. And, to learn more about NIH Library staff, visit our Staff Directory.
The Information Desk is located on the main level of the NIH Library in the Reading Room and is the information hub for the Library. The Reference Assistants at the Information Desk are available to help in-person or by phone at 301-496-1080 during library hours. NIH ID cards are required to borrow books, request literature searches, and receive other library services for NIH-related work. Access to the onsite library computers requires NIH ID smartcards and associated pin numbers.
Some of the services we provide at our Information Desk include: checking out, receiving, and renewing materials reserving library workspaces such as our collaboration pods, bioinformatics and data science workspaces, the Digital Production Studio, and locked carrels; putting you in touch with the right resource or service, including specialized areas such as bibliometrics, bioinformatics, data, editing, a variety of emerging technologies, and translation services and getting answers to reference questions or help with a literature search from a biomedical librarian (on-call during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon-Fri).
NIH Institutes and Centers
|Institute or Center||Point(s) of Contact|
|OD (Office of the Director)||Ya-Ling Lu|
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
|HHS OpDiv||Point(s) of Contact|
|AHRQ||William Hyde; Caryn McManus, Bradley Otterson|
|Office of the Secretary (ASPE, ASPR, OASH, OCR, OGA, OGC, OIG, OMHA, ONC)|
NIH Library Specialized Services
|Specialty Area||Point(s) of Contact|
|3D Printing||Doug Joubert|
|Bibliometrics||Chris Belter; Ya-Ling Lu|
|Chemistry & Drug Information||Barbara Brandys; Josh Duberman|
|Custom Information Solutions||Bridget Burns; Lissa Snyders|
|Data Science||Doug Joubert|
|Technology Hub||Doug Joubert|
|Patents & Tech Transfer||Josh Duberman|