Region 5

The goal of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library serves as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for Region 5, which provides programs, services, and dedicated support for NNLM Members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Staff Directory

Looking for assistance? Browse our staff directory to find contact information, and get to know the RML staff by reading their personal bios.

Become a Member Organization

Member organizations are eligible for benefits and services, including: NNLM funding, access to training, partnership opportunities, free educational and printed materials, NLM Traveling Exhibitions, and institutional recognition as a Network Member.

Funding Opportunities

Browse open funding opportunities that are available to members in Region 5.

Classes & Training

Browse NNLM's upcoming training opportunities, course catalog, and recordings of past webinars.

NNLM Highlights!

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Those of you in Region 5 (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific) are invited to come and meet NNLM Region 5’s new Executive Director.

Event: Region 5 Executive Director Meet and Greet

When: Wednesday, July 17 at 3:00 p.m. PT

How: Register to attend this virtual event

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Social Determinants of Environmental Health Webinar Series

Our 9-part series on social and environmental determinants of health recently concluded. If you didn't get a chance to see it, or want to rewatch any of these informative webinars, they are all available online now, along with the accompanying guide:


MedlinePlus tutorials for Community Health Workers

MedlinePlus is a great resource for health information. It provides information for the public on a wide range of health topics. But maybe you are unsure how to use MedlinePlus.

Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine worked with The Next Door to create seven easy to follow video tutorials about the basics of using MedlinePlus to find health information. The videos are designed for community health workers but are useful for anyone needing trustworthy health information.

Each video is short, ranging from just over 4 minutes to just over 8 minutes in length.

To help make it easier for more people to learn how to use MedlinePlus, each video tutorial has:

  • closed captioning and
  • includes a written transcript.

View the MedlinePlus tutorials for Community Health Workers

Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collections Toolkit

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 is pleased to announce the Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collection Development Toolkit to help you build collections that support health literacy and expand access to diverse voices in libraries of all types. The toolkit features materials illuminating common and unique health issues facing underserved populations through multiple genres and formats reflecting voices of the communities served.

Keep In Touch!

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Contact Region 5: 
Email office:

Staff directory 

Phone: 206-543-8262. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a detailed message and we will be in touch.

Region 5 Weekly Digest: 

If you are in Region 5 and have an user account, you will automatically be subscribed. You will have the option to unsubscribe any time. If you are outside of Region 5, but wish to receive the Weekly Digest, please subscribe to the “Region 5 Fans” newsletter via this page (this option still requires you to have an user account).

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Do you have questions about our work, suggestions for health topics you'd like us to consider in our programming, or other feedback about NNLM? Please drop us a line in our suggestion box!