FEDLINK Orientation to Federal Libraries Series

National Library of Medicine

Thursday, June 16, 2016

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Limited to 25 participants!

Register for the tour now!


Peer into the past, present, and future of medicine at the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Experience high-tech wonders like virtual cadavers, along with a video presentation, virtual and interactive ancient manuscripts, data center and reading rooms, and a demonstration of NML’s vast online resources.


The tour will visit the Library’s extensive underground stacks, and (weather permitting) its herb garden, healing totem, and the Tree of Hippocrates. Then, it will take a trip back in time with an overview of the NLM History of Medicine Division and its rich holdings, which include manuscripts dating from the 11th century, western books from the cradle of printing, historical videos, films, prints, and photographs. Special items include the 1953 article in Nature, in which Watson and Crick describe the double-helix structure of DNA, the 1968 Nobel Prize medal awarded to NIH scientist Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, and NLM’s oldest holding, Razi’s The Comprehensive Book on Medicine (Kitab al-Hawi fi al-tibb), handwritten in Arabic and dated 1094.  Expect other surprises!


NOTE: The tour will begin at the NLM Visitor Center, on the first floor of the tall Lister Hill Center (Building 38A), not the main Library (Building 38).



Thursday, June 16, 2016



1:30-3:30 p.m.



The National Library of Medicine Visitor Center, first floor, Building 38A (the 10-story Lister Hill Center), National Institutes of Health campus, Bethesda, Maryland.


Metro Access

With limited parking on the NIH campus, guests are encouraged to use public transportation. Arrive via the Red Line, Medical Center station. Enter NIH Gateway Center (directly in front of Metro escalator exit) for security screening. Please bring a government-issued ID. The National Library of Medicine is a 300-yard walk or a short NIH Campus Shuttle ride away. (Shuttle stop is clearly marked, just to the right of the NIH Gateway Center entrance.)

Driving Directions

NIH Visitor Map & Parking Information



FEDLINK Education Working Group



Please call

(202) 707-4813

TTY (202) 707-4995

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This program is FREE, but registration is required. Limited to 25 attendees.



Please notify FEDLINK at (202) 707-4848 if you cannot attend to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.