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NLM Main Reading Room Collection

The NLM Main Reading Room Collection, also called the Reference Collection, includes materials selected for their reference values. The collection includes more than 5,000 titles of current material.

What's in the Reference Collection?

  • Journals
    The Reading Room collection includes a few journal titles in print, and access to several thousand online journals.
  • Monographs and Serials
    The Reading Room monograph collection includes textbooks in core, related, and peripheral subject areas defined by NLM, and traditional reference tools. 
  • Abstracts, Indexes, and Bibliographies
    The Reading Room abstract, index, and bibliography collection may be monographs or serials. Visit our electronic databases and directories webpage.

Identifying and Locating Items in the Reference Collection

Use LocatorPlus or NLM Catalog to find journals, monographs, audiovisuals, and serials in the Reference Collection.

  • Use LocatorPlus to search for items by author, title, subject, call number, or keyword. Limit title or keyword searches to items in the Reading Room by setting the LocatorPlus Quick Limit Option to "Reading Room Collection."
  • Use NLM Catalog to search for items by author, title, subject, call number, or keyword. If you use a MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) term to search NLM Catalog, the system automatically searches more specific MeSH terms. From the full display of the search results, click to view NLM holdings and location information in LocatorPlus.