Community-based Organizations

Network of the National Library of Medicine,

It’s not just for libraries!

The Network of the National Library of Medicine welcomes community-based organizations working in health-related fields.    Whether your organization provides services to people living with HIV or you provide outreach services for a local community group or you are a substance abuse counselor, you can benefit from being an NNLM member.

Membership overview:  

  • Learn about trusted health information resources that can help you educate clients and people in your community, keep up to date with the latest advances or find materials that you can share and learn from.   Resources provide accurate information on popular health-related topics,  and many are in English and  Spanish.   Many also contain infographics, handouts, posters and social media toolkits that your organization can use.
  • Attend NNLM classes and training on health topics.  Classes are held online and many offer Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit.
  • Apply for funding opportunities sponsored by the NNLM’s regional offices and  available in your local community.
  • Join a reading group, order print brochures and materials, host an NLM Travelling Exhibit.
  • Network with other NNLM members in your community.
  • And it’s FREE!

Find out more about joining the NNLM.

Resources for Community-based Organizations

Health Information in Multiple Languages

  • Browse health information in multiple languages, arranged by language. You can also browse this information by health topic.

Health Literacy

  • Health literacy involves the information and services that people need to make well-informed health decisions. Learn more about the aspects of health literacy, why it's important, how it can be addressed, and how NNLM supports health literacy.

  • Find the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines.


  • Online health information resource for patients and their families and friends.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information

  • Guidance on locating reliable health information.


  • Free resource for locating biomedical and life sciences literature.

PubMed Central

  • The free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Substance Use Disorder Guide

  • An initiative of the NNLM to raise awareness of authoritative resources and educational opportunities.

NNLM Five Steps to an Evaluation

  • A guide to incorporating evaluation into project design and implementation.

The Community Tool Box

  • A useful resource to access step-by-step guidance in community-building skills.



Social Media

NNLM Facebook

  • Social media account of the NLM.

NNLM Twitter

  • Social media account of the NLM.

NNLM YouTube

  • Videos include the latest tips for using NLM resources, gems from the history of medicine, outreach programs and services, and recordings of exhibitions, lectures and special events.


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