Resources for Hospital/Health Sciences Libraries

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.

NNLM offers funding for projects that improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach that promotes awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities.

NNLM seeks to empower hospital and health sciences librarians with the resources and skills necessary to offer robust biomedical and health information services.

NLM Resources

NLM Databases and Resources
Resources provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Access MEDLINE, the world's most extensive listing of medical journal articles.
Regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.

MedlinePlus Connect
Linking patient portals and EHRs to consumer health information.

NLM Librarian Portal
Visiting the National Library of Medicine, copyright information, digital collections, history of medicine.

Medical Subject Headings
NLM's controlled subject vocabulary used for indexing and cataloging.

Citing Medicine
NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers.

Training from NLM and NNLM

PubMed Training & Tutorials

Quick tours, tutorials, upcoming and on-demand courses.

NCBI Training & Tutorials

Courses, workshops, webinars, training materials and documentation.


Resource Sharing

NNLM and NLM are working to ensure the preservation of, and continued access to, the literature through a national cooperative medical serials print retention program (MedPrint).


DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine's interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing system.

NNLM Delivery

NNLM Delivery is a free document delivery, storage and retrieval service supported by NNLM MAR, and available to all NNLM Members. It enables users to upload and temporarily store files and send a link to ILL articles rather than emailing large attachments. See the NNLM Delivery Terms of ServiceFAQs, and User Guide for more information on this service, or watch the recording from the August 2019 information session.

Associations and Agencies

Hospital Libraries Caucus, Medical Library Association The Hospital Library Caucus of the Medical Library Association fosters excellence in the provision and management of information to support patient care and safety, hospital administration, professional and patient education, lifelong learning, and all research activities and scholarly endeavors in the healthcare environment.

Solo Librarians Caucus, Medical Library Association The purpose of the Solo Librarians Caucus is to provide solo librarians serving health care professionals with a forum that provides an opportunity for support, help, and professional development. At a minimum, the caucus leaders aim to arrange a monthly virtual meeting of interested caucus and potential MLA members and make available to them the detailed notes from each session. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

The Joint Commission An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Magnet Recognition Program The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization.