Information for First Time Visitors
- Overview of Historical Collections
- Are you planning your first visit to the History of Medicine Reading Room?
NLM historical collections of material related to health and disease are among the richest in the world. Holdings include pre-1914 books, pre-1871 journals, archives and modern manuscripts, medieval and Islamic manuscripts, a collection of printed books, manuscripts, and visual material in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean; historical prints, photographs, films, and videos; pamphlets, dissertations, theses, college catalogs, and government documents. The collection is constantly growing, with new material added through an active Acquisitions Program of purchase and donation.
- Visit the current exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concept of Health and Illness.
- Take a guided tour of the current exhibition.
- Take a tour of the History of Medicine Reading Room.
- See all exhibitions.
- Take a tour of the Library.
- "Turn the pages" of Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal, a beautifully illustrated 18th century book of medicinal plants, at the History of Medicine Reading Room's Turning the Pages kiosk.
- Explore Objects of Art in the National Library of Medicine.
- Visit the interactive computer displays and pick up give-aways at the NLM Visitors Center, open weekdays except Federal holidays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)
Things to do and see at the National Institutes of Health (NIH Map):