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NLM Classification 2017: Worldwide source of medical library classification

NLM Classification
Terms and Conditions

The NLM Classification data are available to all requesters, both within and outside the United States. There is no charge for obtaining the data.

The data are available to all requesters, both within and outside the United States. There is no charge for obtaining the data.

Downloading classification data through this site indicates your acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

  1. If the use is not personal, (a) the U.S. National Library of Medicine must be identified as the creator, maintainer, and provider of the data; (b) the version of the data must be clearly stated by publication and year, e.g., 2006 NLM Classification and (c) if any modification is made to the data, this must be stated, along with a description of the modification.
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  4. This is a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Foreign copyrights may apply.

These terms and conditions are in effect as long as the user retains any of the data obtained from this site.

Available Formats: [NOTE: The three PDF Sections and the zip file will not be updated with 2019 classification data until Fall 2019]

Download the following three (3) sections:

Section 1: Introductory Material [PDF; 194 KB]
Section 2: Schedules [PDF; 483 KB]
Section 3: Index [PDF; 2.3 MB]

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This zip file consists of HTML encoded pages of the NLM Classification; note: the search functions of the online NLM Classification are not operational when using these HTML pages.

To download the NLM Classification HTML files, click "Download HTML" above. A download window will open: select "Save the file to disk" and click OK. You will be prompted for a location on your computer to save the zip file. After the zip file has successfully downloaded use your software to unzip the file.