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National Library of Medicine

September 1993

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) collects, preserves and
fosters the dissemination of information important to the progress
of medicine and public health. Staff provide reference,
bibliographic and consultative services to assist patrons in gaining
access to the Library's resources - its collections, computerized
information services and staff expertise.

Reference assistance for the main reading room and general
collections is provided by the Reference Section of the Public
Services Division. Reference service for materials published prior
to 1914 and on other aspects of medical history, is available from
staff of the History of Medicine Division (HMD).

General Policies
Reference assistance covers a broad range of subject areas within
the biomedical sciences and is available to anyone, to the extent
that NLM resources permit. Priority is given to health
professionals, health sciences librarians, health sciences students
and researchers in the history of health sciences. In order to
permit the Library to fulfill its role as a national library,
patrons are encouraged to use local and regional resources before
using the reference services of the National Library of Medicine.

The staff of the Reference Section and the History of Medicine
Division provide responses to inquiries received from across the
United States and abroad by telephone, mail, FAX, Internet and in
person from individuals who must consult the NLM's collection in
order to complete their research.

Reference librarians:
o Provide instruction in the use of the reading room services,
collections and the Learning Resource Center, which contains recent
programs in NLM's collection of audiovisual and computer-based
learning and continuing education materials for health science
professionals (see Fact Sheet Learning Resource Center).
o Identify and locate print and audiovisual materials at the
o Suggest other information resources of the NLM, NIH
Institutes, clearinghouses and other government agencies.
o Refer requestors to major health science libraries across the
U.S. and International MEDLARS_ Centers offering NLM database
o Consult and advise librarians in the U.S. and abroad on
medical bibliographies and other sources of information for
o Assist patrons in locating biographical and other factual
o Prepare and publish bibliographies including a monthly AIDS
Bibliography, and a series of Current Bibliographies in Medicine on
specific subjects in support of NIH Consensus Development

Hours of Assistance

Reference staff are available during the following hours:
Reading Room Winter Hours
(Labor Day to Memorial Day)
Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Reference Assistance
is available until 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Reading Room Summer Hours
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

History of Medicine Division Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Federal holiday closures and special hours are announced two weeks
in advance.
Telephone inquiries are accepted during the same hours at 1-800-272-


The National Library of Medicine's extensive reference collection
provides onsite users immediate self-service access to over 4,500
works in the main reading room, including key textbooks, indexes and
a ten-year collection of more than 180 major medical journals. A
CD-ROM network of various health-related databases is currently
available. CD-ROM indexes to the U.S. Government Printing Office
Monthly Catalog, National Technical Information Service
Publications, Sociological Abstracts and others are available in the
main reading room.

The History of Medicine Reading Room houses a collection containing
the major bibliographic resources necessary for historical research,
as well as standard works in the history of medicine. Reference
sources, such as directories, handbooks, regulations, abstract
tools, statistical sources, and prepared bibliographies are also
used by staff in both reading rooms to answer users' needs.
Patrons may consult some of NLM's online databases through NLM
Locator, the online public access catalog, and through GRATEFUL
MED_* workstations to determine what is available in the NLM
collection to meet their information needs. Items in the general
collection must be requested at the Circulation Desk for retrieval
from the stacks. For materials in the collections of the History of
Medicine Division, requests should be submitted at the HMD Service

Computer Searches

Computer searches of all NLM databases are available on a fee-for-
service basis for those local requestors who do not have access to
the databases through their own institutional affiliations or
GRATEFUL MED. Patrons should see a Reference librarian to prepare a
search request.


For further information write:

Reference Section
The National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: 1-800-272-4787
Phone: 301-496-6095 (local inquiries)
Fax: 301-402-1384
Internet: [email protected]

For further information on the history of medicine, or regarding
pre-1914 print materials or pre-1970 audiovisuals, write:

History of Medicine Division
The National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: 1-800-272-4787
Phone: 301-496-5405 (local inquiries)
Fax: 301-402-0872
Internet: [email protected]

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Archive   : NLM-INFO.ZIP
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