Traveling Exhibitions

The NLM traveling exhibitions, available free of charge, present inspiring stories about history, society, and medicine. Drawn from NLM, they connect visitors to trusted health information resources.

NLM Traveling Exhibitions help:

  • connect your community to NLM offerings like MedlinePlus and PubMed.
  • publicize your institution through programming and activities.
  • establish community partnerships and share NLM health information resources with partner institutions.
  • foster health literacy in your community.
Request form

The Call for requests will be found here. Call for Requests opens at 2 pm (ET) September 13 and closes at 2 pm (ET) October 4, 2022.

More about NNLM

Reach out to the NNLM office in your region for partnership or more information.

More about the NLM Traveling Exhibits

Learn more about hosting a traveling exhibition from the NLM History of Medicine Division

NNLM funding

Some regions may provide funding or other support for traveling exhibitions. Learn more about funding from the NNLM.

How to Request a Traveling Exhibition

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) in the Office of Engagement and Outreach makes available a selection of NLM Traveling Exhibition titles through a Call for Requests.

The overview of request and booking process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions as follows:

  • NNLM announces and opens a Call for Requests for 7-8 exhibition titles along with an online request form during a 3-week period;
  • During the open Call period, online request form is available to submit requests;
  • Requests are entered in a lottery for selecting bookings; and
  • Bookings are confirmed when selected host venues return signed booking agreements.

Upcoming Call for Requests opens at 2 pm (ET) September 13 and closes at 2 pm (ET) October 4, 2022. During this period, the online request form is open for requesting NLM Traveling Exhibitions listed below. Preview the form in this PDF (reference only) and exhibitions’ web pages to plan your requests. Please join the Making Exhibition Connections listserv for announcements about the Call for Requests and more!

  1. AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Global Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic
  2. Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health
  3. Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
  4. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons
  5. Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
  6. Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
  7. This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities

Programming with NLM Health Information Resources

NLM offers high-quality, reliable biomedical and health information through print collections and electronic resources.

Public Program Templates

The public program templates which accompany exhibition titles are planning guides for how to develop programs and activities using trusted and reliable NLM resources around NLM exhibitions. Each template includes program objectives, related NLM health information, program outlines, and additional resources. Host venues, as well as others, are welcome to use them as-is or modify them according to community needs and interest.

Host Venue Responsibilities

Institutions do the following as part of hosting NLM traveling exhibitions:

  • Display the exhibition in a safe, secure environment out of direct sunlight.
  • Make the exhibition available to the public free of charge.
  • Complete and return a Traveling Exhibition Condition Report within one week of receiving the exhibition.
  • Ensure safety and health of your community by following CDC guidance on your local COVID-19 and other public health activities, as part of hosting the exhibition.
  • Arrange and pay for outgoing shipping to the next host venue via a trackable, three-day service ($300-1,200 estimated cost).
  • Complete and submit a Traveling Exhibition Host Venue Report within two weeks of closing.