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As of March 10, 2020 the National Library of Medicine is open, but buildings are temporarily closed.

Due to COVID-19, the National Library of Medicine Reading Room remains closed to the public until further notice.

During this period, NLM online resources will remain available, including NLM Digital Collections and PubMed Central.

NLM will continue to provide interlibrary loan (ILL) services. For latest NLM ILL service information check this website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/psd/cas/illhome.html.

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Library Hours

  • Reading Room Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Visitors Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The Reading Room and Visitors Center are closed on Federal holidays.

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Visiting NLM and the NIH Campus

When you visit NLM on the NIH Campus, you should follow the procedures regarding Campus Access and Security.

  • Contact security at (301) 496-6010
  • Inquire about lost and found items at any of the guard stations in Building 38

Making the Most of Your Visit

Beyond NLM

Last Reviewed: May 18, 2022