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National Library of Medicine Data Distribution

The NLM Data Distribution program is the preferred access point for bulk downloading of the data for the products listed below. Downloading and use of these datasets is free of charge and implies agreement to the Terms and Conditions. For questions or assistance regarding the data distributed within this program, either visit the NLM Support Center or email at

Active Products

The following products are in active production, with data updating on a regular schedule.


NLM produces a baseline set of MEDLINE/PubMed citation records in XML format for download on an annual basis. Each day, NLM produces update files that include new, revised, and deleted citations.

Terms and Conditions

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a hierarchically-organized terminology for indexing and cataloging of biomedical information. It is used for the indexing of PubMed and other NLM databases.

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Catalog Record Data

Bibliographic records for books, journals and other materials from NLM's collections. Includes downloads of Catfile, CatfilePlus, and Serfile data in NLMXML, MARCXML and MARC 21 formats.

Archived Data

The following products are no longer in production. The data made available represent either the completed output of the project or the final dataset released at the time of the product's retirement. They are provided for historic and research purposes. Support for these datasets is limited.

Visible Human Project

Visible Human Project:Three-dimensional representations of a human male body and a human female body.

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Pill Image

Download image libraries from NLM's Computational Photography Project for Pill Identification (C3PI) and Pillbox.

Terms and Conditions

Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Toxicology data focused on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Terms and Conditions Sample Data

The authority file used for the identification of chemical substances cited in other NLM databases.

Terms and Conditions Sample Data

A bibliographic database for toxicology, encompassing the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.

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The Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB) is a single standardized resource of the results of 45 years of chronic, long-term carcinogenesis bioassays. NOTE: This dataset is no-longer updated with new content.

Terms and Conditions

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Data Discovery

Last Reviewed: August 9, 2023