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NLM Reading Rooms Temporarily Closed

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to promote social distancing, the National Library of Medicine Reading Rooms are closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12 pm (Noon) 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 -

History of Medicine Division

Photograph of History of Medicine Division Reading Room in Building 38.


National Library of Medicine
Building 38, Room 1E-21
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894


(301) 402-8878

Last Reviewed: May 29, 2020