Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook
This content will be updated periodically.
Last update: August 6, 2020.
NNLM Regions 2021-2026
Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas
Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific
Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
- Mission and Goals
- NNLM Overview (August 2019) [PDF, 707 KB)
- Infrastructure & Operations
- Additional Funding for NNLM Through Administrative Supplements
- Data on/About NNLM Activities
- 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries, Offices and Centers
View information about the NNLM Evaluation Center FOA
The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public's health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. NNLM’s main goals are to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.
NNLM engages meaningfully with current and future audiences to increase information access, with priority for Underrepresented Populations, as determined by: those experiencing health disparities; race and ethnicity; biological sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation; cognitive and physical abilities; religious background or identification; socio-economic status (past and current); education level, health literacy, and linguistic needs; geographic location including underrepresented populations from medically underserved areas; and other factors or demographics that create unequal access to the highest level of health (please refer to the special supplement by the American Journal of Public Health about health disparities research).
NNLM members are the "field force” or trusted ambassadors for NLM products and services, providing information services, engagement, and instruction, or funding for projects to do the same, to the public, researchers, health professionals, and public health workforce.
The NNLM Membership Directory provides an overview of the 8,000+ NNLM members which includes libraries, hospital, public health centers, community-based organizations and others.
Network membership is free and offers a variety of benefits and services, including:
- Eligibility for funding for health information access and other projects related to the improvement of public health.
- Access to training and other educational opportunities offered through NNLM- we offer courses for librarians, health professionals, and consumers.
- Opportunities for partnership- we can assist you in fostering connections with health sciences libraries and other health-related information centers in your region.
- Access to free educational and printed materials, including NLM posters, brochures, bookmarks, and other publications.
- Opportunities to request an NLM Traveling Exhibition to visit your library or organization.
- A digital certificate recognizing your institution, library or organization as a Network Member.
In addition to the Network of National Library of Medicine (NNLM) UG4, NLM may offer administrative supplements to achieve new programmatic and research objectives that are within scope of the peer reviewed and approved project. Please refer to the NIH Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements announcement for more information.
Below are two recent administrative supplements that were awarded during the 2016-2021 cycle of Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) UG4 cooperative agreements grants:
1. NIH All of Us Research Program Partnership
In September 2017 the National Library of Medicine initiated a 3-year pilot partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program for the program’s community engagement and training platform through the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) UG4 cooperative agreement awards. Based on the results and impact of NNLM pilot activities, this administrative supplement will extend the partnership from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
The focus of the program will be All of Us community engagement through public libraries and other NNLM members. Community engagement activities must include an All of Us awareness or interest component and may address health literacy. The programs will involve support and further development of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN). The national planning, coordination, and evaluation of these community activities is managed by the NNLM Community Engagement Center (CEC) housed at the NNLM Greater Midwest Region (GMR). The CEC’s work is closely coordinated with the NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) housed at the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), which develops and houses training and education content for and about the program, and interacts with All of Us Engagement through a participant engagement lead.
As the repository for All of Us educational content, the TEC leverages the NNLM’s existing Learning Management System (LMS) maintained by the NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO), instructional support resources of the NNLM Training Office (NTO), and the evaluation support of the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO). The TEC will work closely with the NLM, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center (CEC), NNLM, and the All of Us consortium members to accomplish its goals.
NNLM All of Us report: coming in June 2020
Below are the NNLM All of Us Administrate Supplements for May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021:
2. NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC)
The NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) addresses the overarching National Institutes of Health (NIH) HIV/AIDS research priority area of disseminating information and training that will provide tools, techniques, and the capacity to advance and benefit HIV/AIDS research. The goal of the ACIOP is to improve HIV/AIDS information access for patients, health professionals, the affected community and their caregivers, as well as the public. Based on the expertise of the NNLM staff, Network partners, and the growing number of NNLM community partners, the NNLM is in an excellent position to help NLM and NIH achieve their goals in the effort to reduce HIV/AIDS. Strategic incorporation of ACIOP awardees into NNLM will provide a valuable platform to continue reaching and engaging diverse groups to disseminate HIV/AIDS information and improve the public’s health.
NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center's (NACC) goal is to enhance communication with current, past, and potential HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project (ACIOP) awardees and Community Based Organizations working on HIV initiatives to improve their access to trusted NIH and NLM HIV/AIDS information resources. Membership is open to ACIOP awardees, community-based organizations, public health departments, public libraries, and other organizations working with people living with HIV.
Please visit the NACC at: https://nnlm.gov/nacc
NNLM Data Dashboard
The NNLM Data Dashboard provides data on RML, Office, and Center activities and funded regional projects.
Region Mapping Data
NOTE: this is the current organizational structure of the NNLM. Aspects of this structure will change for 2021-2026. Please see the "2021-2026 Changes" tab for more information on the changes.
Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs)
Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
Based at University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA
Serves Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
Southeastern / Atlantic Region (SEA)
Based at University of Maryland, in Baltimore, MD
Serves Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Based at University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA
Serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
MidContinental Region (MCR)
Based at University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, UT.
Serves Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming
South Central Region (SCR)
Based at University of North Texas Health Science Center, in Fort Worth, TX
Serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
Based at University of Washington, in Seattle, WA
Serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
Pacific Southwest Region (PSR)
Based at University of California, in Los Angeles, CA
Serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and US Territories in the Pacific Basin
New England Region (NER)
Based at University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, MA
Serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
View "2021-2026 Changes" tab.