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NLM® Reading Rooms and Services - Main Reading Room

The National Library of Medicine® Main Reading Room includes an extensive reference collection of over 5,000 items selected by reference librarians. The most recent seven years of major medical journals are available for self-service. Current audiovisual materials, abstracts and indexes are also available in the Reading Room.

In addition to the Main Reading Room reference collection, you can request items from the closed stacks through LocatorPlus®:

  • Books (1914-present)
  • Journals and serials (1871-present)
  • Audiovisual materials

A reference librarian in the Main Reading Room can assist you with:

Before visiting NLM at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, read the NIH Security Procedures.

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