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NLM Visitors Center and Tours

Tour cancellation notice

There will be no 1:30 NLM tour on:

  • Friday, November 27, 2015

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 tours, print materials and interactive computer displays.


Tours of the Library originate in the NLM Visitor Center (Room 127, Building 38A) and take place Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays) at 1:30 p.m. The one-hour tour includes an 8-minute video providing an overview of NLM programs and services; demonstrations of the library’s online information resources; and a walking tour that includes the computer room, reading room, exhibition area and History of Medicine Division. Reservations for the 1:30 tour are not required for groups of five or fewer, although it is helpful to notify us in advance once your plans are firm.

For more information about the daily 1:30 tour, or to schedule a special group tour at other times, please contact Melanie Modlin, Deputy Director, NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison at 301.496.7771 or Please call ahead also, if you'd like us to show 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 and provide a government-issued photo ID to obtain an NIH visitor pass. The Library (NIH Building 38) and the Lister Hill Center (Building 38A) are a short walk from the Gateway Center.

The NIH visitor entrance is 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).