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NLM Tours Now Available by Appointment Only through January 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will offer tours of the Library by appointment only now through the end of January 2016. The decision to temporarily suspend the daily 1:30 tour resulted from an analysis of visitor statistics from the last five years.

“The numbers showed that these two months are consistently the slowest all year, with the number of tours and visitors dropping off dramatically with the holidays and the cold weather,” explained Kathy Cravedi, Director of the NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison, which oversees the tour program.

By moving to an appointment-only arrangement, Cravedi expects to dramatically save staff time awaiting tours that never happen.

“We are still eager and ready to host visitors, of course,” Cravedi said. “We’d just like to know they’re coming.”

Those interested can easily book a tour by completing the tour request form. Groups of five or larger can use this same form to arrange a tour for any point during the coming year.

The one-hour tour originates in the NLM Visitor Center, located in the lobby of the Lister Hill Center (NIH Building 38A). The standard tour includes:

  • An 8-minute video providing an overview of NLM programs and services;
  • Demonstrations of the library’s online information resources; and
  • A walking tour that includes the computer room, reading room, exhibition area, and the History of Medicine Division.

Walk-in visitors are welcome to browse the offerings at the NLM Visitor Center weekdays (except Federal holidays) between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The Visitor Center offers an excellent orientation to the National Library of Medicine through interactive computer displays and print materials.

The Library will resume its daily 1:30 p.m. tours on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world's largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.