NLM Visitors Center and Tours
The NLM Visitor Center, located in the lobby of the Lister Hill Center (NIH Building 38A), is open weekdays except Federal holidays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It offers an excellent orientation to the National Library of Medicine through interactive computer displays and print materials.
The NLM Visitor Center staff offer tours of the Library daily at 1:30 p.m.
The one-hour tour, which originates in the NLM Visitor Center (Room 127, Building 38A), includes:
- an 8-minute video providing an overview of NLM programs and services;
- brief demonstrations of the library’s online information resources; and
- a walking tour that includes the computer room, reading room, exhibition area, and the History of Medicine Division.
Request A Tour
Reservations for the regular 1:30 p.m. tour are not required for groups of five or fewer, though it is helpful to notify us in advance once your plans are firm.
To book a 1:30 p.m. tour or to request a special group tour at other times, please complete the tour request form. For more information about tours, please contact Tara Mowery, Chief of Visitor Operations, at 301-827-6479 or Tara.Mowery@nih.gov. Please call ahead also if you'd like to see the NLM video in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish.
Directions to the NLM Visitor Center
The National Library of Medicine is on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Visitor Gateway Center, which is located steps from the Medical Center station on Metro’s Red Line. Pay parking is available near the Gateway Center and in front of the Library (NIH Building 38).
Visitors must provide a government-issued photo ID to obtain an NIH visitor pass. (Note: The NIH will not accept as identification state driver's licenses that are not REAL ID Act compliant. See NIH Campus Access and Security for more details.)
The National Library of Medicine (NIH Building 38) and the Lister Hill Center (Building 38A) are a short walk from the Gateway Center. Signs will direct you as you leave the Gateway Center building.
See NIH Visitor Information for campus maps and to learn more.